Circulation System, Maria Koshenkova

Circulation System

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The sculptural object/installation consists of found and usedmetal gas and water pipes that are essential for human being nowadays in both physiological and economical/geopolitical senses are to be connected with handmade blown glass pieces of different character.

Plumbing system – arteries of civilization – distributes natural treasures. Water is going to be a neo gold soon as media forecast. This fact gives metal tubes structure new relation to social context.

The idea is to create strange absurd-like scene, mysterious and familiar at the same time, abandoned system that bears lots of various and different existential and socio-political associations.

Glass is the material that can imitate water probably the best but of course this is not the main reason why I use glass. Glass has an ability to bear marks of objects but still develops items own way where colors also are very important. From dirt and rust to optical clarity. Glass givesvisibility to the invisible part. Not only in literally “physical” meaning of this word but on deeper associative level (revealing some hidden processes).

In some parts of installation glass reminds of hanged socks (that is quite recognizable detail of “house culture” of Eastern European and Russian, where people dry their clothes on warm pipes even in now days). In other – glass would behave like drops of dirty water, blood or petrol. Some of glass details will be a prolongation of pipes, transparent with bubbles and water stream inside…

All the “ingredients” taken together are meant to shepherd you in the complex and rather complicated as well multi-faceted ambience of modern co-existence.

The structure of the sculpture can be changed according to specific characteristics of the place used for installation. The tubes can be connected in many different ways, thus it may be treated the site-specific installation. Alternative spaces (with already existing plumbing system) could be used for exposition as well as “white cube” gallery space.