Moscow Plastic Arts
Photographs and text by Nicholas Muellner
Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA, 2005
48 pages, 22 color illustrations
Distributed by A-Jump Books
Hovering between formalist inquiry and blunt, physical documentation, Moscow Plastic Arts draws on the transitional material, ideological and social status of the rapidly commercializing post-soviet metropolis. Printed in a rich but faded palette on manila tag stock, these photographs suggest and entwine two heroic models – Socialist Realism and High Sixties Modernism – that are both unavoidable and inevitably absent in the work. Their frustrated evocations illuminate the tragicomical space between idealist belief and material truth.
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