Dubossarsky - Vinogradov
Stephen J. Shanabrook
“Shibari Translation”, the second solo exhibition by young artist Ivan Plusch, inagual serie of his new Infinity Cycle project. The Shibari, western equivalent of Japanese bondage, appeared in XV Th century as a traditional rope torture techniques. Then, transformed into martial arts, to finally become an erotic artform that inspired a number of artists like Nobuyoshi Araki.
In Plusch’s paintings, traditional codes of Shibari are radically reversed by transposition of these naked and tied up women in unexpected places, thus introducing a Sociological Dimension inviting the viewer to go beyond the strict interpretation of sadomasochism.
In Shibari Translation, provocation is pushed to its paroxysm. Are we chained to the society, present here in our everyday urban structures, or to the extreme degrees of perversion? Or is it a question of the role of women in a society where gender and equality are often just words.
The works of Ivan Plusch combines in a single canvas two different styles. On the realistic background, Plusch exploit “painture coulée”, with turning figures, thickly painted and still wet, on their sides and allowing the image to deform by the pull of gravity on the paint. The effect is of a silhouette whose features are blasted by an unknown force.