Opening Reception: March 28, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 – 6, Sunday 12 – 6, Monday and Tuesday by appointment.
“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
– Yogi Berra
The Christopher Henry Gallery is proud to present Ice Cold War, an exhibition of new sculptures, works on paper, and moving images by Aga Ousseinov highlighting the artist’s ongoing investigations into the imaginative futility of Utopian ideals. As in Thomas More’s Utopia, Ousseinov’s body of work presents an optimistic, albeit improbable, view of a world that does not yet exist.
The apparent enthusiastic, yet naïve reverence for such a perfect, yet impractical goal is the basis of Ousseinov’s sardonic wit. The artist unceasingly examines the legacy of past dreamers making light of idealist visions juxtaposed against the cynicism of their realization. Using the kite as a metaphor for travel between the heroics of early 20th century high moral values and the helplessness of contemporary society, the artist addresses the unstoppable decline of Western civilization through the contraptions of high technology it covets. Ousseinov’s celebration of this alternative future is the necessary antidote to the nostalgia of the past and the unholy apocalypse of our present demise – without illusion there is only disillusion.
Aga Ousseinov was born in Baku (USSR) and studied sculpture at the Surikov Fine Arts Institute
in Moscow (MFA) and photography at ICP, New York. He has lived and worked in New York
since 1991. Ousseinov has participated in numerous solo and group shows around the world including: ILLUMInations at 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, MAXXI in Rome (2013), PEACOCK Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland (2012), BRUCENNIAL in New York (2010, 2012), MAPnificent at AIGA Philadelphia Space (2013), Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan, Lo Sguadro Obliquo at Spazio Tadini in Milan (2009), SOME PAPERS at Politecnico di Milano (2005) and others.