Vladislav Markov at FRAGMENT

Artist: Vladislav Markov

Exhibition title: Eight Feet Under

Venue: FRAGMENT, New York, US

Date: October 21 – December 4, 2022

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and FRAGMENT, New York

FRAGMENT is pleased to present Vladislav Markov’s frst solo exhibition with the gallery. Titled EIGHT FEET UNDER, the exhibition is comprised of 4 paintings and a sculpture for which the artist employs a practice of obstructing and recontextualizing the familiarities and narratives of utilitarian objects. Markov’s artistic manipulation renders the object in an unfamiliar corporeal state in order to bewilder the viewer’s perception, stripping from the sculptural form not only its previous use value but also the intimate (in)visibility of the quotidian.

For EIGHT FEET UNDER, Markov has transformed the exhibition room into a cold grey box. The banal perforation of pegboard, which the artist found at every greengrocer as a child, coats the formerly white walls of the gallery space, while prosaic—even corporate—late capitalist, gray carpeting eliminates the warm wooden foors. Likewise, even the artist’s process reveals intimate details of painful personal associations; with an obsessive emphasis not only on the copy but the act of copying, from painting to sculpture, Markov’s use of scanners, 3D printers, and imaging technology points toward medical imaging, made necessary in the artist’s life due to family illnesses as recurrent, intergenerational incidents.

The artist’s procedural gestures and resultant work represent an altered version of a readymade: instead of the displacement of a recognizable object outside of the possibility of use—or inside the white-walled space of the exhibition—here the artist alters the readymade through his process and practice, consisting of dialectical shifts from digital to physical states and back again. Likewise in the artist’s large-scale painting X is for later, beguilement and estrangement reign through successive transformations, resulting in the decontextualization of an object of once quotidian encounter. Depicting a centrally placed turquoise rectangle bordered by a white wall with grey shadows, this work represents the source image of what, though it could be a swimming pool, is in fact the face of a disused dishwasher. Oscillating, like a wash cycle, between digital and physical states, the artist embeds the image and object into a process of transition and metamorphosis: at once unrecognizable and uncannily unchanged. The end result is one of estrangement from all visual anchors, disclosing the despair of radical uncertainty, causing the viewer to consider that all that seems to be naught more than shadows on these cave walls.

Vladislav Markov (b. 1993) is an artist based in New York, with an MFA from Cornell University. He has exhibited at Cornell University, M 2 3 in New York, and Spazio ORR in Brescia, Italy.

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, Eight Feet Under, 2022, exhibition view, FRAGMENT, New York

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, My mom lives by the beach (chrome delete), 2022 Aluminum, resin, plastic, blonde wigs, 79 x 53 x 29 inches

Vladislav Markov, Take me online shopping, 2022, Acrylic pigment transfer on canvas, 72 x 90 inches

Vladislav Markov, X for later, 2022, Acrylic pigment transfer on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Vladislav Markov, drone jersey, 2022, Acrylic pigment transfer on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Vladislav Markov, drone jersey, 2022, Acrylic pigment transfer on canvas, 72 x 48 inches