Anatoly Osmolovsky’s new project Hardware represents a series of 11 bronze sculptures. Their basis is present-day tank turrets of the countries they are produced in (Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, the USA, France, the Republic of South Africa, Japan). The prototype of the eleventh sculpture is the tank turret of a new Russian clandestine tank “Black Eagle”. In the present project the artist is mostly preoccupied with, “how avant-garde geometric form finds its pragmatic application. The reason is that inventors and manufacturers of tanks are never interested in their aesthetic look, the most important aspect for them is the form’s shell-resistance”. According to Osmolovsky the tank turrets’ configuration refers to art experiments of early avant-garde, and therefore his goal is to unveil this aesthetics to the audience.
Stella Art Foundation
22 September – 12 November 2006
(Documenta 12, 2007)