Alexey Terenin at the Biscuit Factory

Dates: September 2013 onwards

For Alexey Terenin, art is a method of forming a mask. His paintings are haunted by moon-shaped faces; intricately detailed, but woefully incomplete. This emphasises the grim reality which Terenin surely knows. That however detailed his works of imagination are, the ghosts and angels that populate his paintings can never be real.

Terenin accompanies the grey masks with architectural diagrams. This shows off his training as an architect in Prague during the nineties. Since then he has moved defiantly towards fine art. He has displayed some of the paintings that are now on show in the Biscuit Factory, at the biggest galleries in Moscow.

Apart from the diagrams, there is a lack of architecture in his paintings. There is a general lack of any form of landscape in fact. Instead his many different figures are presented on a grey background. This narrow colour scheme yanks the viewer into a vague and emotionless vibe, which radiates from every corner of his canvases. Yet they leave the viewer with questions, as well as this sense of emptiness. Are the grey masks representations of the artist and his creativity? Who are the subjects that inspired the masks? What motivates Terenin to paint entirely in greyscale? His works give a sense of a continuous and evasive mystery.

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