Sanya KantarovskyFrozen Dress (Part Three)
Capitain Petzel, Berlin
THE GRATEFUL DEAD
I like the word Masoretic but feel
Disinclined to use it in a sentence
Scrying instead my platelets
And bad dreams. Something
Keeps sleeping against
Me that is not the person
Beside me. By “against”
I mean against. My lack
Of beauty was supposed
To be some fault of my own.
They would have had me believe
This entire “democracy” was an inner defect
Bartering my hooked nose against
Your virtuosity I walked the line
Between pity and horror having come
Here for one reason and one reason only:
To have become at last American.
“They Dream Only Of America” is a poem
By John Ashbery. I gratefully received a bequest
Of his collection of pornography and a very
Ugly chair. But you must tell no one these facts
There are things I was told I’d have to take
To my grave. For I toil in a public place
Using an invisible medium employed by all
But subtracted, in my hands and in my mouth
From common use. And scorned by all
I yet remain here. Why, you ask?
Capitain Petzel is thrilled to announce its first exhibition with Sanya Kantarovsky, featuring a selection of the artist's most recent watercolors. Teeming with wry humor and unearthly narratives, Kantarovsky’s watercolors propose scenarios of turmoil and investigate liminal spaces, physical proximities, affect, and cruelty. His sometimes delicate and often repulsive subjects grapple with the confines of their bodies, interacting with one another in a painterly satire of status anxiety and existential crises. Willfully engaging the historical canon of painting and literature, Kantarovsky perverts tropes and archetypes with elements gleaned from more populist forms of visual culture such as cartoons, illustration, film and advertising. Kantarovsky’s paintings are assembled through fits and starts, with layered abrasions and dispersions of material, resulting in surfaces that engender a productive delay in looking and seeing.
Kantarovsky has recently had solo shows at Kunsthalle Basel and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. He will be also included in the 2nd Garage Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art, taking place at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow in 2020. Recent group shows include Radical Figures, Whitechapel Gallery, London; GIVE UP THE GHOST, Baltic Triennial 13, Vilnius; The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York; The Eccentrics, Sculpture Center, New York. Kantarovsky’s works are held in many collections around the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
For Frozen Dress (Part One) visit Modern Art.
For Frozen Dress (Part Two) visit Luhring Augustine.