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Featuring specially commissioned artworks, a podcast series, and a selection of timely essays, Sreda online magazine offers a nuanced view on culture and contemporaneity. Content is available for a limited period of time and updated every other Wednesday. The Russian word ‘sreda’ means both Wednesday and the natural, geographical, and social environment.

Alexandra Gart
Untitled, 2022

Graphite, watercolor, ink pencil on paper
30 × 41 cm

Untitled, 2022

Graphite, watercolor, ink pencil on paper
53 × 71 cm

In the new issue of the V–A–C Sreda online magazine, we present the works of Alexandra Gart from St. Petersburg. The two Untitled works in the watercolor series continue the artist’s exploration of combining the traditions of the Leningrad school of graphic art with contemporary posthumanitarian knowledge. Gart is inspired by the dark and visceral aesthetic of the Leningrad region, birches, marshes, soil, mesh and grids, anime culture, as well as native five-storey buildings and bedroom neighborhoods. The artist prefers asceticism in her choice of visual techniques, while refusing to impose or suggest the content of her artistic works, offering the viewer a multitude of interpretations and freedom of interpretation.

Despite working in a variety of graphic printing techniques (monotype, linocut, dry needle) and most often in black and white, in the Untitled series Alexandra continues to push the boundaries of academia and experiments with materials—deliberately making mistakes in the production process and observing with curiosity the behavior of materials and the formation of random patterns.

Together with artist Evgeny Kuzmichev and editor Alexandra Generalova, Alexandra Gart curated the exhibition space Shame in St. Petersburg, where they were trying to move away from the “vernissage” format and change the mode of viewing works, offering intimate coexistence with art in a limited space.

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