For centuries artists have been inspired by scientific discoveries. Light Echo is the duo exhibition of Razumov and Korotkova in which both artists, by echoing each other, examine in their works a complicated scientific topic, namely the Large Hadron Collider. In 2010 the biggest and most complex machine on earth not only created an echo of the Big Bang, but also tried to find the missing Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the God particle. The artists do not pretend to explore a complex physics experiment in detail, instead they create an artistic echo that generates multilayered associations.
In a new series of etchings Taisia Korotkova explores a physics phenomenon with an almost scientific precision. Like scientists hope to find antimatter and to explore the backside of the physical universe by using the Large Hadron Collider, she works with compositional voids to explore the backside of representation. The subjects of Korotkova’s etchings are too simple to enjoy an independent life as a complete picture, but at the same time they are too intense to form just a small part of a larger work. So the artist neutralized the colors and used the etching technique to make it look more abstract. The series is divided in several parts: ‘portraits’, ‘landscapes’, ‘interiors’, ‘still lives’, which embrace the main subjects of classical print.
Ivan Razumov, in his own playful way, makes critical remarks on the utopian project. The artist translates the serious, complex scientific story into light-hearted ink and aquarelle drawings. His series is a report of a spontaneous and ironic look into the dark cave of contemporary science and its mysterious and frightening shadowy picture of the world and the universe at the time of common oblivion of the Enlightenment origins with its ideas of social progress and positive scientific thinking.
Ivan Razumov (1972) is a Russian artist who is known for his works on paper. Looking to genres such as fantasy, science fiction and humor, Razumov creates drawings revealing the complex process of reconstruction and fragmentation that continually inform the personal, social and fictive experience of remembrance. In 2010 the artist worked together with Pavel Pepperstein for the exhibition Spring (Regina Gallery Moscow). He had several exhibitions in amongst others Foundation La Maison Rouge Paris, Stedelijke Museum Amsterdam and MMoma Moscow. He also attended the second Moscow Biennale of contemporary art. His works belong to several public and private collections (among others Centre Pompidou in Paris). According to art critic Victor Mazin, Razumov is “remarkable for his elegant techniques, profound knowledge of art traditions and outstanding sensitivity for the reality”.
Taisia Korotkova (1980) is a young Russian painter who has developed a visual language grounded in the exploration of genealogy, scientific utopia and social issues. In December 2010, her work was awarded the Kandinsky Prize in the young artists' nomination and in 2011 she participated in the main project Rewriting Worlds of the 4th Moscow Biennale.