The Nose - installed at A Spires Embers (2009)

The first set-up of "The Nose" at A Spires Embers, a project curated by Museum MAN (2009)

The absence

The first rebuilding

First metamorphosis

Second metamorphosis

The final state

The Nose (Metamorphoses)

The idea for my sculpture was to create an artwork with the very fertile, black ukrainian earth. The motive was inspired by Nicolai Gogols novel "The Nose".
At first I build the sculpture as a circle with a walking nose in the middle. The second step was to remove the whole sculpture and rebuild it; because the earth was very humid - a picture of the absence was left.
Then an unknown person destroyed the nose and made a "hammer and sickle" instead.
Before I could rebuild the nose again, the sym
bol changed again to "anarchy".
In the end I started a perfomative last rebuilding of the nose, but changed it from circle to triangle and from a lateral to a topview.

A SPIRES EMBERS - Гнездо альбатроса

11th - 27th of september

A SPIRES EMBERS is an exhibition exploring the notion of fracture and fractured states within the newly ruptured, raptured, broken and building of states in and of the current global zeitgeist. Here we explore Orpheus' turning gaze. What we find are testimonies to past present past futures.
An exploration of spiritual, political, financial terrirotorial shifts, dislocat
ion, anhebriahation of the new, the despair of the lost, the seduction of the found.
Artists are invited in the construct of a spire, an aspiration to flood the templ
e's steeple within a dialogue of saturation to be housed in the Arsenale Kiev.
The "steeple" will be an autonomous structure built within one of two ch
ambers 2x1500sq metres of the Mystetskyi Arsenal Kiev.
Like an albatros nest, the marathon of trawling of flotsam jetsam, inst
alled in a tower of spatial conduction which will be wrought with the findings and works of artists, both nationally in the Ukraine and internationally.
Artists are invited to do interventions within the superstructure and outside within the vaulted states of the Arsenale.
This paradigm will be multi discplinary, painting, sculpture, video, sound installation, performative action, time based work, bringing together a ruptured choir of different dialogues.
Works will be borrowed from international collections including EIDOS FOUNDATION LUDMILA BEREZNITSKA COLLECTION + Museum MAN within the space that is the Arsenale for the GOGOLFEST KIEV 2009.

Adam Nankervis July 19 2009