Gosha Ostretsov
Haut Futur
Syntax Gallery, in partnership with BoscoVesna, is launching Haut Futur by Gosha Ostretsov – a new exhibition space in the BoscoVesna shopping centre on Novy Arbat.

Haut Futur redefines the traditional exhibition space – it is an artist's studio open to the public, a laboratory that allows visitors to explore Ostretsov's concept of turning ordinary life into an artistic endeavour, get away from the stratagems proposed by society, and learn to customise one's own space through hands-on exercises and workshops conducted by the artist.

Haut Futur features works from Ostretsov's varied past projects: panels, objects, paintings, sculptures, collages, furniture, rugs, clothing, and floor lamps made of wood, metal and epoxy resin. On the one hand, Haut Futur brings to mind an antique cabinet of curiosities, a roomful of wonders bursting with rarities, interesting artefacts of all sorts, collectables, and art. On the other hand, it follows the traditions of the Russian avant-garde, Tatlin's 'Art Into Life' slogan, dating back to the time when, alongside artworks, artists created industrial designs, clothing, household items, and fabric patterns, embellishing the entirety of an ordinary person's daily life with their visual aesthetics.

Extrapolation of art to other domains, from the world of ideas to the world of things, has always been at the heart of Gosha Ostretsov's artistic stance. Initially inspired by folklore, studying mythology and fairytales, the artist wanted to discover what motivates someone to make essential household items by hand, to create culture. The artist finds the answer in his quest to restore the folk-mystical awareness – the respite from worldly labours that man got by taming fire, the time and energy freed by means of light or lightning sent down by God, became the very impetus for the emergence of art. Lightning – as a symbol – pierces the artistic space, and can be spotted throughout paintings, objects and characters as well as greeting visitors at the entrance.

Ostretsov (b. 1967) manages to preserve the provocative ambiguity of his whole project and to remain in an invulnerable position of independent social criticism, invariably quick witted and precise. The large canvases and installations are executed in the aesthetics of comics, mixed, as it were, with the accidental intrusion of the street, which spoils the totalitarian message with its colorful blotches and dirt. Ostertsov splatters bright colored graffiti across the picture plane creating his own style suggestive of techno folk art. His images of the destruction of capitalists and greedy authoritarian systems of control suggest a redistribution of energy and power. The artist doesn't treat Fascism, Stalinism or Capitalism, as implicit 'enemies' but regards any system of government that seeks to progressively tailor society as such. The power of his images lies in his universal message and mission.