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OPENING 02.04.2005, 6pm
05.04. - 14.05.2005
Alexej Meschtschanow uses small but significant modifications to create his objects. Chairs, tables, cupboards, and beds are raised up on metal supports, so that they no longer rest directly on the ground. The underlying framework is screwed to the pieces of furniture through their feet, and the extensions function like prosthetics. Painted a uniform grey color and supplied with rubber caps, the supports give a clinical, sterile impression. A close look reveals that the radius, size, and strength of the round pipes of the supports and the type of rubber cap differ in each object. The construction of the base frame is adapted for each model, and the form of the found wooden furniture is mirrored in the esthetic of the painted steel pipes.
Despite this attempt at streamlining, the addition is clearly identifiable as an alien component. Together with its respective piece of furniture it forms a new composite item that eliminates the original functionality of object. This new entity is elevated to another level, in which the everyday object is still recognizable, although it has been transformed into a display item – that now stands on its own.
The pieces of furniture used by the artist were mass produced wares in their respective eras. Often he chooses to work with furniture from the former turn of the century – an era that still retains the sense of a petit-bourgeois world of the past. For Alexej Meschtschanow the relicts from "the good old days" do not provide a source of comfort or reminiscence; their modified appearance is unsettling. The direct timeline stretching back to an earlier historical period is given a twist by the artist's interventions.