Irina Korina

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 28 November 2009
Korina is a sculptor and installation artist whose work very much reflects her original training as a scenographer: her large-scale installations recall theatrical sets, creating all-encompassing spaces that convey a very strong sense of narrative on the edge between reality and fiction. Yet these narratives are not based on any specific storyline, they are formed through the interplay of textures, materials and scale. Through her use of found objects, especially materials imbued with strong cultural references (furniture, printed textiles, clothing etc), she engages with social and political ideas, particularly associated with the Russian context, yet with a potentially more global resonance.

For Bloomberg SPACE she created a towering central sculpture in the semi-darkened front gallery, with the room lit by the sculpture itself. In turns resembling a jellyfish, Kraken, spaceship or enchanted tree, the work attempted to give voice to the former USSR’s most voiceless – the silent underclass of economic migrants from impoverished former Soviet republics known as ‘gastarbaitery’ – who play a crucial role in Russia’s economic development. Korina considers her sea monster in many ways as a physical manifestation of their otherness. Faceless, but distinctly handmade, its components are instantly identifiable. Yet the luminous yellows, violets, and pinks slowly emanating from its mysterious crystal head combined with the chill wind and leafy bottom surrounding it give an ominous, surreal atmosphere.

About: Irina Korina
(b. Moscow, Russia 1977) lives and works in Moscow.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.