(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Walking the Sea,” a solo photography exhibit and screening of two films by Anton Ginzburg, opens on Thursday, September 10, 2015, with a reception from 5 to 7pm at the Daniels Art Center at Simon’s Rock College. The exhibition will be on view through December 15, 2015. Drawing on the tradition of American land art from the late 1960z and early 1970s, Ginzburg approaches the waterless sea as a ready-made earthwork in order to make visible a territory, history, and a potential imaginary space that remains largely inaccessible.
In Anton Ginzburg’s film, “Walking the Sea,” along with an accompanying exhibition in the gallery, the artist charts a 26,000-square-mile area between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan known as the Aral Sea, an environmental ruin of the Soviet era. The film refers to regional histories and cultural myths, ranging from the figure of the plein-air painter as a traveling dervish to the musical qualities of the landscape as an Aeolian harp, and the belief in a subterranean “inner sea” into which the Aral Sea has disappeared. Running time: 30 minutes
The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, September 10 though Tuesday, December 15.
Anton Ginzburg is a New York-based artist and filmmaker who uses an array of historical and cultural references as starting points for his investigations into art’s capacity to penetrate layers of the past and reflect on the contemporary experience.
Born in 1974 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ginzburg received a classical arts education before immigrating to the United States in 1990. He earned a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 1997 and MFA degree from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Ginzburg’s art has been shown at the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale, Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, White Columns in New York, Lille3000 in Euralille, France, the first and second Moscow Biennales, and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.
Ginzburg’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as well as in private collections around the world.
The gallery is open to the public weekdays from 10a.m. to 8p.m. and weekends 2p.m. to 8p.m. while the college is in session.