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SELECTED WORKS BY Gosha Ostretsov

Wounded Deer

Wounded Deer

Wounded Deer

Wounded Deer

Gosha Ostretsov
Wounded Deer

2012

Lime wood, painted pine, iron

150 x 94 x 60 / plinth: 150 x 150 cm
Gosha Ostretsov’s multimedia practice is informed by a variety of subjects, such as early avant-garde art movements and cutting-edge contemporary fashion, but above all, by a fascination with comics and their strange contextualisation within post-Soviet culture.
Sex In The City

Sex In The City

Sex In The City

Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Working in the Paris fashion world in the 1980s and ’90s, Ostretsov became more and more involved with costume-art and performance. His interest in comic-strip and superhero culture led him to make grotesque latex masks, which have since then played a central role in his exploration through ‘action figures’ of the representation of power.
Sex In The City  (detail) - Lightning
Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City (detail) - Lightning

2008

Acrylic on canvas

210 x 115 cm
Sex In The City  (detail) - Medicine
Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City (detail) - Medicine

2008

Acrylic on canvas

212 x 210 cm
Sex In The City  (detail) - Kiss
Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City (detail) - Kiss

2008

Acrylic on canvas

212 x 210 cm
Sex In The City  (detail) - House Explosion
Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City (detail) - House Explosion

2008

Acrylic on canvas

210 x 241 cm
Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

Gosha Ostretsov
Sex In The City - Heads Of New Government

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Comics have not been assimilated into Russian art in the same way as they were by Pop artists in the West. In fact, they are still considered somewhat alien and certainly not the medium with which to convey anything serious. Ostretsov has knowingly subverted this received idea by co-opting the resistance to comics and pop culture in works such as Sex in the City, using them as a colourful, mass culture form “[to polemicize] with the profound, rather heavy-handed conceptualist approach”.
Sex
Gosha Ostretsov
Sex

2008

Acrylic on canvas

210 x 315 cm
Mask Of New Government 1
Gosha Ostretsov
Mask Of New Government 1

2003

Latex and plywood

47 x 30 cm
Mask Of New Government 2
Gosha Ostretsov
Mask Of New Government 2

2003

Latex and plywood

52 x 35 cm
Mask Of New Government 3
Gosha Ostretsov
Mask Of New Government 3

2003

Latex and plywood

49 x 32 cm
Mask Of New Government 4
Gosha Ostretsov
Mask Of New Government 4

2003

Latex and plywood

45 x 37 cm
Mask of New Government 5
Gosha Ostretsov
Mask of New Government 5

2003

Latex and plywood

41 x 40 cm
Criminal Government

Criminal Government

Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government

2008

Mixed media

Overall size: 250 x 900 x 245 cm
Criminal Government - Cell 696 (and details)

Criminal Government - Cell 696 (and details)

Criminal Government - Cell 696 (and details)

Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 696 (and details)

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Criminal Government - Cell 699 (and detail)

Criminal Government - Cell 699 (and detail)

Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 699 (and detail)

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions Variable
Criminal Government - Cell 666
Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 666

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Criminal Government - Cell 996
Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 996

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Criminal Government - Cell 999
Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 999

2008

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
His Criminal Government cells hold realistic figures in bloodied business suits, some with limbs missing and all with slightly terrifying abstract-shaped heads. Crude graffiti and symbols of interrogation and torture (bare light bulbs, cut-off hands) abound. In this fantasy comic-book world, government officials, usually acceptable ‘baddies’, are dehumanized and punished, or pushed to suicide, like prisoners of war. The bluntness of cartoon language is used to invert real-life situations and unveil such horrors.

The comparatively sober Wounded Deer, with its mask-like head and arrow turned into antlers, is playfully reminiscent of decapitated communist-era statues, of pieces found and nominally re-arranged into a junkyard-style re-formation of history.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Gosha Ostretsov's BIOGRAPHY

Gosha Ostretsov
Born in 1967, in Moscow
Lived in Paris for ten years, lives and works in Moscow



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Heavy Patients, Rabouan Mousson Gallery

2009
Apocalypse, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Art Moscow, Triumph Gallery
Banality and Eternity', Triumph Gallery
Gosha for Kids, Triumph Gallery
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Paradise Row, London

2008
Dead Souls, Triumph Gallery
Moloko-SOS, Ravenscourt Galleries, Moscow

2007
Under repair. Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow
Salon Beaute, Rabouan-Moussion Gallery, Paris
Rich-Bitch' One Work Gallery, Moscow
Morg (Moscow Organisation)', Central House of Artists, Moscow

2005
Lawlessness. Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2004
Performance, The Ceremony of Granting the New Government’s Order "Silver Badge of Honour" to the Best People of the Russia Federation. S.Art Gallery, Moscow.
Eat the Halfwit: wall mural in the Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val, Modern Trends Departmemt,Hall of Actual Art.

2002
Vandals and Generals of the New Government. Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2001
Contemporary Art in a Traditional Museum festival organised by the Ford Foundation. Antarctic Eden one-man project in the Arctic and Antarctic Museum, St. Petersburg

2000
New Government one-man exhibition, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow.
Visitor one-man exhibition, Marble Palace (Branch of the State Russian Museum), St. Petersburg.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
Russian Landscape, Marat & Julia Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2010
Love for Electricity, TM Project Gallery, Geneve

2009
Another Mythology, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Invasion:Evasion, Baibakov projects, Moscow

2008
Moscow photo biennial. Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow
Laughterlife, Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow
Zoo Art Fair (Paradise Row), London
Domestic Appliances, Flowers East, London
Laughterlife, Paradise Row, London
Fast Art 24, Winzavod, Moscow
Russian Roulette, Museum Wiesbaden
Moscow Photo Biennial, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art

2007
Group exhibition with G.Litichevskij "Austrian story". Resanita center of contemporary art. Graz, Austria.
Salon Beaute, Rabouan-Moussion gallery, Paris Under repair. Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow.
2nd Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art, "Sots-Art", Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
2nd Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art, "Artist`s diary", Central House of Artists, Moscow.

2006
Cinemarathon curator project, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow.
Amateurs, Marres Art-Center, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Group exhibition with Benjamin Barthel and Julie Sainton (Paris)"Spear-Hand", National center of photography of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg.

2005
"Russia-2," Central House of Artists, Moscow.
1st Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art, "Gender Passions," Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.
Group project, "Front: wechsel," Stift Vorau, Austria.
Participation in a group exhibition within the 1st Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art, "Soobshchniki" (Partners), Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. "George&George" exhibition "In process", paintings, video. State Center of Modern Art, Moscow.
8-th Biennale of graphics of the Baltic countries. Koenigsberg

2004
Controlled Democracy. White Space Gallery. London.
"Moscow-Warsaw," Modern Art Center, Ujazd Castle,Warsaw.

2003
New Countdown: Digital Russia with Sony. Project The New Government
Against Global Net. The Central House of Artists at Krymsky Val, Moscow

2002
Moscow Photo Biennial: Project Bulimia. Photo Centre at Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow.
Reconstruction Cetinje biennial. Projects Rubber Tower, Lastomer (Pinniped), Shooting Gallery. Cetinje, Montenegro.

1993
Contemporary Art Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey