The Exhibition will be opened by Ms Biljana Vukotić, Senior Curator of MAA
The exhibition “The Spirits of the Earth” of Larisa Ackov displays floor and wall ceramic installation consisting of a number of segments – larger sculptures and panels which also exist as independent wholes. Their combinations provide unique and unrepeatable installation which forms different visual wholes, symbolic scenes. Central part of each of the segments of the complex, polysemic composition contains imaginary vision of specific microcosm dominated by landscapes with angels and spirits. This model of installation is created as result of interactive relationship with the space it occupies and in the same time it is an artistic performance act. The artist said: “All elements which I often randomly take from various boxes regardless of their number turn from pieces into wholes…” without much hesitation or planning and the result is logical and designed to every detail.
The exhibition curator Biljana Vukotić wrote in the catalogue that the “Advance from the usual practice of Larisa Ackov is result of application of an actual visual sign or structure of signs within the urban and industrial context. Angels concerned about the fate of humans resembling the ones in the movie Sky over Berlin by Vim Wenders hover in these panels above the existing chemical and nuclear facilities which are nowadays polluting the environment. Transformation of usual iconographic model of angels is perceivable in the works of this series since they are now represented as humans with conspicuous gender characteristics”.
In a specific integrated structure of the floor installation The Spirits of the Earth soft porcelain, terracotta and engobe the already formed pieces and figures create complete symbolic wholes Micronaut, Geobiology, Maya, Treeworld which are fused by sand background into distinct wholes in the final stage of creation in the exhibition space of the Museum of Applied Art. Aesthetic forms of explicitly personal accomplishments of Larisa Ackov are imbued by intimist contents. She shapes them by applying the logics of forming a painting rather than traditional sculpture medium.