In her series "Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin" (2010–2016), Pousttchi incorporates constraining materials like rails, street barricades, and metal crowd barriers into sculptural forms with spiraling vertical towers and neon light tubes.
Five Double Monuments, ranging from 5 to 12 feet, will be on view at the Phillips, dramatically illuminating the space with neon lights. The sculptures will be paired with works from the permanent collection including Naum Gabo’s Linear Structure in Space No. 1 (1943), and black and white photographs from the 1930s and 1940s by Berenice Abbott, Louis Faurer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mill, and Brett Weston—images that underline the theme of illuminated space presented in Pousttchi and Gabo’s works.
Double Monuments is exhibited concurrently with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s World Time Clock series, a group of photographs Pousttchi created in 24 time zones around the globe over the last eight years. Together, these two exhibitions represent Pousttchi’s first museum presentations on the east coast of the United States.