Vernon Gallery, Prague: ANDREY KEZZYN – The Four

ANDREY KEZZYN – The Four

4. – 28. 6. 2014

Gallery Vernon, Janáčkovo nábřeží 21, Praha 5

On wednesday June 4th 2014 the new installation of four large-scale photographs by the Russian photographer Andrey Kezzyn will be opened in the Gallery Vernon. The Four is inspired by the most dramatic book of the civilization, the Book of Revelation, and represents the artist's vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. 

Andrey Kezzyn (1979), also known as Kezzyn Waits, is a creative photographer based in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is also the creator and organizer of the international photo-exchange project Sushka being held for over three years in Russia and around the world.

He has developed an unconventional and distinctive approach to both, the topics that he chooses, and the technique that he uses. Similarly to film-making, he carefully prepares a scene including make-up, costumes and lightning conditions. The shooting itself does not last long and the post-processing in Photoshop is minimized.

He considers himself as a “pre-postpunk“ photographer. His large-scale photographs are characteristic with provocative, morbid, even aggressive motifs, that serve, however, only as a shell for a hidden world – a world of mysteries, basic instincts, archetypes and symbols.

Kezzyn‘s artwork can be easily placed into the decadent and controversial line that in a cynical or even sarcastic way points to the current depraved political, religious and moral situation of nowadays society.

The Four

The project started two years ago when the first picture was made. The idea for it came suddenly and nobody thought it would be a series, but just a single photo of three white figures on the white background (which is very difficult technically). It is not the Biblical story as it is. It is the artist's vision of the four pop-cultural ideas of the riders: Plague, War, Famine and Death. The works are made with the participation of two wonderful costume designers, Katya Stull and Emilia Ardenn.

The opening takes place on Wednesday 4. 6. 2014 at 6 pm at the Gallery Vernon in the presence of the artist, and the exhibition is open until 28. 6. 2014. Further information and the photographic portfolio can be found on the artist‘s websites: http://www.kezzyn.com.

About Gallery Vernon

Gallery Vernon was founded in 2001 by its director, Monika Burian Jourdan. From the start, Vernon’s objective has been clear: to support quality contemporary art and present it to the public. Its vision is to place Czech and international art side by side as equal partners and look for links between artists who may never have met, but are nonetheless united by something. 

Gallery is located at Janáčkovo nábřeží 21, Prague 5, is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday 12 – 7 pm, Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 10.30 am – 6 pm. The entrance fee is 30 CZK, on every first Wednesday of the month free entrance. Special thanks to our sponsors: De'Longhi, Achour&Hájek; and media partners: ArtClue, Art Guide East, GoOut, CityBee, Expats.cz.

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