Navicula Artis gallery, St. Petersburg, 2009.
Curated by Gleb Yershov and Andrey Klukanov
Ilya Orlov. Obvodny Canal. 2009.Tempera on corrugated cardboard. Private collection.
The exhibition dedicated to the oldest working-class locality of Petersburg-Leningrad, the city’s former industrial zone which is gradually turning into ruins. The series of tempera on corrugated packing cardboard landscapes depict Obvodny canal’s embankments, 19th-century brick buildings, and maps of the district. Using masking tape lines, the floor of the exhibition space was turned into a large map of the area. Spectators could walk on the map, moving from picture to picture, feeling the geometry of the area with their own feet. The dots and numbers on the map show locations of former factories and plants, which were depicted on the cardboard-paintings.