Syntax Gallery is pleased to present Will We Meet Tomorrow?, a solo exhibition by Slava Nesterov introducing a new series of paintings and objects.
Artist Slava Nesterov continues to guide his viewers down mysterious paths inside his Torot legendarium. Torot is not a word proper but merely a schematic representation of the metathesis of sounds in East Slavic languages. When translated into letters, it becomes a palindrome as it reads the same backwards as forwards. In a way, this word is an ouroboros.
Torot is a space of semiotic units that overlap and juxtapose with each other ad infinitum. It is a sacred realm where metaphysical images come together with material ones. It is a world of mystifying creatures and non-existent vegetation, Chud bronze scapulars and contemporary horror aesthetics.
Nesterov's universe can only continue to exist through persistent expansion, by incorporating more and more new images. Digital elements of today interlace with archaic techniques as a forest of symbols and signs, interwoven by animal trails, rises right before our eyes.
In Will We Meet Tomorrow? the artist plunges us into the deep, engulfing thickets of Torot. But there is always light there, the hope to return. No matter how dark it gets, just look at the stars, and they'll lead the way.