Feathered Aggression, 2008
Mixed media installation, feather
180 x 470 x 170 cm
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
The first cannon in military history was a prototype of the modern weapon of mass destruction.
Alexei Kostroma began his large-scale project The Feathering of Names and Symbols in 1994.
Using white plumage, his favourite material, Kostroma feathered a genuine Second World War howitzer which to this day fires a blank shot every noontime from the bastion of St Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress. The barrel of the gun is directed at the State Hermitage, an internationally acclaimed museum. This chance coincidence motivated the artist to create a series of objects and installations entitled Feathering Aggression, one of which Kostroma specially devised for the RD exhibition.
According to the authorial concept, the 5-metre feathered cannon in completely dark surroundings should react like a living organism as viewers approach. By an interactive contact mechanism the gun barrel is lowered, before slowly rising again. Alexei Kostroma carries out an artistic ritual, articulating and at the same time exorcising the phenomenon of aggression.
1962 born in Kostroma, Russia
1989 graduated from the Russian Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, Saint-Petersburg
Lives and works in Berlin.
Selected Personal Exhibitions:
2008 What a Nice Day. Galerie Sandmann, Berlin, Germany
Speed of Falling (multimedia installation); Dolce Vita (video). VII International Month of Photography “Photobiennale-2008”, Zurab Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2007 Feathering the Bus Station (installation); Big Play (performance). V Biennale of Contemporary Art in Shiryaevo, Russia
Fucking Dreams. Moscow International Festival “Fashion & Style in Photography”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2006 H5N1. Sweet Sleep. M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Red. Мein Kampf. VI International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2006”, Yakut Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004 Feel Yourself. Gallery Art Digital (GAD), Berlin, Germany
2002 The Fractal Geometry of Leaves. Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Smoke, Feather and Batterflies. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2001 A Life 2000 Meters Long. Hair Chronicle. State Museum of Military History, St. Petersburg, Russia
2000 Organic Way. A Glance at the Sun. Harry Blom Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
1999 Organic Way. Penguin Spiral. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1998 Pinguingang. Galerie zum Kornhaus, Kirchheim, Germany
1996 Feathering and Organica. Kuenstlertreff-Reihe 22 Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
1994 Feathering Exhibition. State Museum of the History of Saint-Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007 Adventure of the Black Square. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Berlin:Tendenzen. La Capella, Barcelona, Spain
2005 Collage of the 20th Century. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Free Will. Arena Berlin, M.A.I.S.VI, Berlin, Germany
2004 White Wood. Schloss and Gut Liebenberg, Germany
Na Kurort! Russische Kunst heute. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
2003 Neutral Zone Flowers. Gallery in Parliament, Berlin, Germany
Ko: ma – a Diary of a Life. Alexanderplatz-Bunker, Berlin, Germany
Directions. Inside – Outside. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Espoo Art Museum, Galleria Otso, Espoo, Finland
2002 Feathering Aggression. Liverpool Biennial, Basement IX, Liverpool, England
Crystallization. Birth of a Snowflake. Rauma Biennale Balticum, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
1999 Organica: The Non-Objective World of Nature in the Russian Avant-Garde of the 20th Century. Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne, Germany
1996 Metaphern des Entruecktseins: Aktuelle Kunst aus Sankt Petersburg. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany