A collection of 50 conceptual drawings for installations at the White Space Gallery, 4th – 22nd December 2001.

“Phantom Installations” is the third exhibition in the White Space Gallery’s series of Russian Contemporary Art and represent the ongoing objects of Prigov’s artistic activities, along with their realisations; huge spaces of large-scale graphics and also drawings.

Prigov writes: The genre of installation is itself phantom like. After the exhibiting period of an installation is over, 90% of the installations disappear, like phantoms, dismantled and broken into many pieces. All the projects of my installations represent a modelled space recorded on paper as a series of conceptual graphic drawings. This space of phantoms contains numerous environmental objects and inhabitants of the surrounding world, taking various forms and combinations and coloured into 3 metaphysical colours – black, white and red, also the colours of Russian iconography and the Russian Avant Guard, of the beginning of 20th century.

Prigov was born in Moscow in 1940 and studied at the Moscow Art Institute. He was one of the founders of the Moscow Conceptualists, along with Ilya Kabakov, Vitali Komar, Alexander Melamid and Erik Bulatov. He has created drawings, sculptures, objects and installations and, as an author, has written more than 20,000 poems.

Dmitri A. Prigov will present a poetry recital and performance in Russian with English translation at 7pm, 12 December at the White Space Gallery, St. Peter’s, Vere St, London W1G 0DQ

Open 4th – 22nd December, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, closed Sunday.