STEPAN MYANNIK

Education

2014-2017 BA, University Arts London,  Camberwell College 

2018 MA, Southampton University, Winchester School of Arts 

In his practice, Stepan pays special attention to the material, what functions it carries, and how the depth and meaning of the work change, since information about the material makes you read the work differently. As object and material complement each other, creating both contrast and harmony in their joint practice, the artist works with different media: painting, installation, sculpture and video. For example, he uses the tai-dye technique (characteristic of the Hippie movement) along with bleach in an attempt to convey the desire for purification. The artist is also interested in the interaction of modern technologies and their impact on the visual arts. In the meantime, there is no need to know about it.

In a series of neural network portraits inspired by Thispersondoesnotexist.com, the artist depicts visually distorted portraits of people, thereby highlighting the imperfections of modern technology in an attempt to copy a real live image. The neural network creates an almost indistinguishable human portrait based on uploaded photos. She analyzes and already creates photographs of people who smile and laugh and are indistinguishable from real people. The program produces errors that are interesting for their imperfection, but after refreshing the page, a new portrait appears in the program, which was not there yet. In the meantime, there is no need to know about it.

One of the last series of works by Stepan "Bust" takes inspiration from the events connected with protests in the United States and Europe, during which monuments to historical figures were attacked: damaged, destroyed or beheaded. The topic of the destruction of the symbols of a particular regime is relevant for Russia, which leads to a split in society. In the meantime, there is no need to know about it. 

Exhibitions:

 

2020 "Gallery Omelchenko 5 years", Moscow, Russia

2020 personal exhibition "Caramel Planet" in the bistro and bar "Lado".

2020 Project "Kommunalka". Won the Tretyakov Prize by independent jury voting in the category "Project 2020".

2020 Group Exhibition. "Art Patrol is in quarantine". Omelchenko Gallery. Moscow.

 

2020 Performance. Creating a Draft (snowman) from asphalt. Communal. Moscow.

 

2020 Group Exhibition "Fire" White Room Gallery. Moscow.

 

2019 Group Exhibition "Equalism" White Room Gallery. Moscow.

 

2019 Group Exhibition at A3 Gallery

 

2017 Personal Exhibition. Dose. ART PLAY. Moscow.

 

2016 Dose exhibition, Buddha Bar, Moscow, Russia

 

2015 Solo Exhibition Split -Split. Movie Gallery. Moscow

 

2015 Group Exhibition Artefax. "Dolls House". London. 2015 Group Exhibition Come Closer. Apiary Studious. London

 

2015 Group Exhibition Mother Russia. Rag Factory. London

 

2014 Group Exhibition Rebirth. Edwards Lane. London

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