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NO ART 01* Ricardo Fernandes March 2011

We live in a time of confusion and transition in our world. I wonder if we could have some kind of theoretical, rational expression that can define art nowadays, even if we still do not know where this is going to lead us... After all, is art an unconscious, documented process of an era?

One very important role of an art piece is its concept, which is far different from its capacity to communication. Since we are replacing words by other communication codes, we need to know how to use image and visual expression as a complete process of communication.

If education, culture and art are part of human evolution, then why so much speculation, why is there so much confusion and illusion about contemporary art being done by the hands of anyone? That is wrong!

NO ART* will be seen by different people in different countries, but the message remains strongly universal: we urge reflection and introspection regarding the process, we demand to transform the process of freedom through the creation of contemporary art now.

If art is expression and at the same time if art needs education and culture to be liberated, then what a big challenge and responsibility real artists have nowadays! There are many artistic, creative expressions claiming to be art, but not all of them are necessarily what we will be calling art in the near future and after reviewing the complete process of it! Art is conceived from a strong process of belief, coming from a courageous process of thinking and living freely.

Where is art, how do we get it and how do we feel it? No thinking, no expression, no communication.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


NO ART 02*

Ricardo Fernandes September 2011

Art as human expression brings us to different levels of thoughts and feelings. It transports us to places we cannot go by ourselves and makes us understand the similarities and differences between us human beings. The objective of art is also to allow us to think differently, to let us look and see differently, to transport those feelings and thoughts into the real world and change the present times. There is no art without changing. There is no art without questioning or revealing the present moment, which tells us there are other ways of doing it. If art gives us the chance to question and to rethink our present, it is our responsibility to give it space. We need to let art invade our lives and lead the way towards progress, linking the past and the future to a harmonious, perfect process of evolution.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


NO ART 03* Ricardo Fernandes September 2011

No Art? I wonder what it would be like if we had no art in this room, in this location, in this country or art in the entire world! I wonder if the eventual emptiness of this room with no art would perfectly express the emptiness of our lives without being able to create, without the ability to question or to find our escape through art. Without art this is a room of impossibilities.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


NO ART 04* Ricardo Fernandes November 2011

We cannot stop time, but we can register it in our art space. The expression of contemporary art is a documented record of present times and emotions that gives us a sense of continuity and of documenting experiences and sensations. Art is the balance between past and future and gives us the notion of being on the right track at this exact moment. It is in the space of art that everything happens. When the artist expresses his feelings, he has traveled into his own mind and soul and he has found the arguments to discuss throughout his creation what he really thinks. In this case, his creation is not only an expression, but it is a document of his time. It is in the same art space that the audience sees it, absorbs the artist expression and reflects about the proposed subject. So, there is something about the space of art that shall never be ignored. It is a channel for communication between artists and the community. It urges us to consider different thoughts and discussions about our own contemporary times.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


NO ART 05* Ricardo Fernandes November 2011

Art and liberty are complementary exercises of freedom. Free feelings and the transformation of our contemporary times are the rich results art brings us when we get into it.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


«NO ART» «NO ART»

What if there were no more art?

«NO ART»

We say when ambitions take advantage of our feelings.

«NO ART»

, if art work is but a secondary, un-candid and insincere acomplishment of an artist leaving us with emptiness both in our minds and thoughts.

«NO ART»

- Saying as banal as life itself. We have heard it many times. As often as art critics tried to label artistic creativeness.

– is a kind of tuning instrument, a starting point, what’s next? A reference point for drifting in the world of the unknown and emotional. It’s time that has stopped to fly, a crossroad where the Past doomed to go meets Future destined to be born. After a long road and resting, it comes a new way to follow fascinating and intriguing with undiscovered. It’s hard to say what is actually better: a trip or the final stop.


Art work is like time discovered. Art Vision in which reality is everything we ultimately face, is all that counts. Our routine days, our dreams, moving in the present and moving beyond the time’s boundaries. We are living in the spheres of history and the universe. All is cycled like links of one chain. The idea of NO ART project came to Vitaly Vasiliev’s mind when we had changed exhibition of the M17 Contemporary Art Center, while all the walls were free from paintings and gallery halls were empty. This moment is always intoxicating. What’s next? What kind of project? It’s like an artist brooding over the white canvas. The blank space of the empty canvas is attracting and stimulates the imagination and creativity of a painter with its intrigue: he becomes reflective and concerned in front of it. An artist that feels like a master and creator of his idea while his canvas is still white and

clean. With the first dab of the brush the canvas is being covered with his thoughts and forms designed to please and delight as the forthcoming art object. Just as if the brush strokes had filled the canvas with his creative energy. This energy is charging plasticity and structure of his painting aimed to intensify and express its creative idea. We are calling it NO ART in the hope that the next project might bring us excitement and the fresh point of view of a painter involved in the creative process and inspired by the clean space of our Contemporary Art Center so that he would replenish its emptiness with his creative ideas and emotions. I believe that art shows the way to the domain of the ideal where we can all find sincere joy, real happiness and true love. Art is not mere delight or emotional experience, but the way of life and a route towards salvation. I firmly believe that works of art are created to bring us happiness.

Ruslan Tarabukin. Co-founder of M17 Contemporary Art Center


NO ART 06* Ricardo Fernandes November 2011

What is the destination of art? What is its future and what are its plans? Questions about art ought to be discussed and answered by our generation. Contemporary Art is happening now. Humankind depends on discussion and reflection about art. Through art we work for our salvation.

NO ART*. Ricardo Fernandes

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)


Photography is a way to see what everyone knows but no one notices. Our goal is to show what other people miss.  “... We live a time of technology and great opportunities. Art creates new visions and interpretations of our living, though sometimes it looks like mere reinvention of subjects already present in the XIXth and XXth century. Our intent, however, is to leave a mark and make our contribution to an authentic identification of our times. The engagement of artists is to create a cultural heritage to pass on to future generations, who will probably understand our sensibility. Alas, it is not for us to know what will remain of contemporary art....” Vitaly and Elena Vasilieva


NO ART Vitaly and Elena Vasilieva penetrate, confront, live a state of collaborative creativity “... we don’t share our creativity, we make it a unique thing, the result of our own...” Attention arises between body and space, generating a “metallic” tension. The feminine body, separated from a gender context, becomes a means of expression. The human figure gains the dignity of an artistic subject, with its geometries, its lines, its volumes. It lives inside the archtectural structure and merges with it, mimetically, in a symbiotic way. Perspectives and meanings run after each other in a fantasy of figurative compositions among crumbled walls, graffiti, shelves, metal pipes, drapes. Bodies almost interweave in a struggle, then gain their identity back in a mathematical order, then again they are arranged and catalogued on shelves just like files waiting to be skimmed through. They live in different spaces, indoors, inside the halls of the M17 contemporary art centre, or outdoors, among the sky, clouds and wind, to become a real “border between nature and culture”. Identity is cancelled, overtaken. Without expression or with a cone-shaped hat, enveloped in flames or in drapes, faces are hidden from the audience, far from an attitude of human subjectivity. Immobile idols, witnesses of a harmony of gestures, silhouettes become the schemes of a personal, intimate language, metaphysical presences. Space and silhouettes play cross-references of architectural emptiness-fullness, where act and static alternate with a sense of nude theatre “...we aim to complement the space and merge it with a certain subject. It all depends on

what story we are planning. We try not to separate subject and place...”. The interest in the feminine figure arises as an exploration of an endless creative ground, far from expressing one’s nature: “...We are not trying to show the femininity in our subjects, quite the opposite. We hide femininity, and particularly their sexuality. We create our invented character. I don’t think my gender influences the formulation of topical databases. Women in our photos are the instrument through which we create our works....”. The detachment of the physical and the emotional of the subject portrayed underlines a contemporary use of photography contradicting the concepts of documentation and truth that it conveyed in the past, giving way to a personal vision and conception of their framing as well as of their composition. Therefore, the contrast between film and digital methods remains a mere technical choice, chosen according to the occasion. A photo composition, in the absence of colour, in a black and white contrasted by different shades up to total black backgrounds “...It happened that we do not see our pictures in colour... black and white photography is much closer to us in many ways probably. We find some magical colouring in black and white photography...”. Options of method and work, the use of videos with the fascination of action and moving image and a consequent, free association of the audience through one’s personal experience.

Alessandro Turci (Copy Director) www.arushofculture.com

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