Appreciationof works

East-West——Selected works of the 7th Beijing Biennale 2017



Nikolay Tikhonov, Marina Tikhonov(Israel)

East-West / 2016 / sculpture: fiberglass and nylon fishing line / 80cm×210cm×44cm



The components of the sculpture are spatially oriented along vertical and horizontal lines. The two-seated figures determine the vertical direction; thin horizontal lines stretching from east to west connect them. The characters are in a state of rest and concentration; they are a frame, a basis for processes and relationships. What will they be? What will form the basis of the fabric: constructive ideas, or outdated stereotypes? Will this be a partnership? Will the fabric turn out to be smooth and beautiful? Will new trade routes be established, heralding the dawn of a new age of prosperity? It is up to the elected representatives of states, their mental readiness for cooperation, to determine the degree of tension in the threads, the "interweaving of fates", the aesthetic value and durability of the historical fabric that is about to be woven.

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