Alexander Ponomarev's Sea Stories - a preview

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

The first UK-based solo exhibition of work by Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev opens in London next week.

‘Sea Stories’ is a collection of pieces which draw upon Ponomarev’s background in nautical engineering and early career as a submariner.

The exhibition is comprised of installations, photographs, drawings and films.

The centre piece of the show is Base (2003), a 9 metre long horizontal tube filled with water which forms a tunnel within which a small submarine makes its trajectory.

Another notable work, the film Maya: A Lost Island (2000), sees the 5th fleet of the Russian Navy persuaded by Ponomarev to lay a smokescreen in front of the island of Sedioyatyl, causing its landmass to gradually disappear and become invisible.

The Calvert 22 gallery where the show is taking place is a specialist not-for-profit foundation specialising in contemporary art from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Click here or on the image to preview the exhibition

‘Alexander Ponomarev: Sea Stories’ opens 6 October until 21 November 2010 at Calvert 22, London