Examines the physical and aesthetic qualities of established social conventions through sculpture and installation. Studying our immediate social environments with an analytic and compassionate eye, he assembles found objects, derelict furniture and archival photography.
His work focuses on the imaginative potential and psychological depths involved in the construction of identities, compulsion toward self-realization and the socially driven urge for optimization.
His sculptural works interlock two communicative modes, the passive and the active. The end effect of his creative output culminates in figures of poetic melancholy, attempting to break out of the vicious cycles of fordist, totalitarian or fetishist forms of functionalism.
With a work characterized by the gesture of holding, retaining, and attaching, from 2017 symbols of movement have incorporated to his language.
In a time when it seems we have accomplished the dream of absolute mobility, when the movement of humans, goods or even social imperatives is no longer a great challenge, Unexpected Moves offers a tragicomic and abstract vision about the different realities that move humanity and its attempt to abandon the basics and bury its thoughts and feelings in a universal magma
Alexej Meschtschanow, Kiev, 1973, has exhibited at institutions like the Kunstverein Langenhagen, Magazine4 in Austria, ARhoS Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, Kunsthalle of Dresden, the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, or the Centre de la Photographie at Geneva.
His work can be found at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Philara Collection, Dusseldorf, or the Reiner Collection in Washington among others.