Alisa Baremboym

Russian Federation 1982

Installation, Sculpture, Prints

Alisa Baremboym
Alisa Baremboym
Russian Federation
April 27, 2016

Alisa Baremboym makes highly detailed sculptures using ceramics, resin, steel pipes, metal hardware and liquid vinyl. The material she chooses varies at all times, but whatever she pick out, she turns it to impressive sculpture. This Moscow-born artist gets inspiration from photography, painting, and mass industrial production. She makes her composite objects so unique that they do not fall under any sort of definition. Through her creativity and craftsmanship, she investigates the topics of materiality, fertility and the body, and the relationship between men and machine. Her visions portray a symbolic and referential dimension of a human-induced dystopia and her sculptures offer a different point of view on traditional comprehension of human nature.

Alisa Baremboym - Conflict, 2015
Alisa Baremboym – Conflict, 2015

The Process of Conflict

The artist attended the Goldsmiths College in London before she moved to the United States and continued her education at School Of Visual Arts in New York. She graduated there with BFA and earned her MFA at Bard College. In her 2015 solo exhibition called Conflict, she explored the moment of realization that occurs when two opposing notions collide in our minds. For this artist, the concept of conflict does not come exclusively out of fear. It comes out of misunderstanding and inability to make a comprehensive conclusion out of given facts. In the installation, she positioned grapeshots around the area giving them the power to represent modern ammunition.

For the artist, the concept of conflict comes out of misunderstanding

Alisa Baremboym - Grapeshot, from the Conflict exhibition, 2015
Alisa Baremboym – Grapeshot, from the Conflict exhibition, 2015

Reaction to the Machine

The weapon symbolic causes the need for protection, especially the preservation of human against the machine. Her female inspired pieces lead to the nature of the instincts, and they are explained as reactive mechanisms that go beyond the field of logic. Baremboym has a tendency to make objects that escape the industrial definition, but turn back to it just to confirm it. The fluctuation between natural and mechanic is exposed in her choice of materials. There are solid mechanical parts, soft handmade ceramics and leaky, overbrimming substances. What is fascinating about her art is deep theoretical analysis that she proceeds everytime prior to the beginning of creation process.

In Baremboym’s art, there is a deep theoretical analysis present

Alisa Baremboym - Sardine Luggage, 2012 and Lox Luggage, 2011 (Left) / Lox, 2010 (Right), photo credits Ceblog.Sva
Alisa Baremboym – Sardine Luggage, 2012 and Lox Luggage, 2011 (Left) / Lox, 2010 (Right), photo credits Ceblog.Sva

We are Not Fabricated Products

Man makes very specific and usage oriented machines and machines generate ordinary and mass copied objects. A certain unbalance in this relation gives this artist eagerness to create her own embodiments of this abstract concept. In her earlier work, she took a turn on the human body and the connection one has with it, and with the physical world. Bodies are just a physical representation of what a person is inside, but the issue is how it will be perceived by the others. The internal issue is linked with how the body is fed, nurtured and preserved. The artist made large silk and cotton prints and luggage sculptures that determine how the body is not a product.

Alisa Baremboym lives and works in New York.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Alisa Baremboym

Feature image: Alisa Baremboym – Grapeshot 6 (Detail), 2015

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Conflict (process)47 Canal, NYSolo
2015Earth MachinesYBCA, San Francisco, CA Group
2015Memory Palace - Alisa Baremboym & Seung-Min LeeLuxembourg & Dayan, NYDuo
2015THEMSchinkel Pavillon, Berlin, GE Group
2015DIDING An Interior That Remains an ExteriorKunstlerhaus, Graz, AustriaGroup
2015Lands’ EndBodega, New York, NY Group
2015Mending WallThe Pit, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014The Great Acceleration, Art in the AnthropoceneTaipei Biennial, Taipei Group
2014That Obscure Object of DesireLuxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY Group
2014Sequence 5Miguel Abreu Gallery, NYGroup
2014CONTACT - Alisa Baremboym & Gregory EdwardsThe Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NYDuo
2014Phantom LimbsPilar Corrias, LondonGroup
2014Wanton MobilityKlemm's, BerlinGroup
2014The Stanley ParableElaine Levy Project, BrusselsGroup
2014Art Post-InternetUllens Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2014Shirts vs. SkinsNew Gallerie, NYCGroup
2014The Cardboard LoverAmerican Contemporary, NYCGroup
2013Shape sweat: detox visionThe Vanity, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Speculations on Anonymous MaterialsMuseum Fridericianum, Kassel, DEGroup
2013CookbookPalais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FRGroup
2013M - L Artspace Presents: Under the BQENYC under the BQEGroup
2013Alisa Baremboym - Gregory Edwards, Petrella's Imports, Suzanne GeissNew York, NYGroup
2013Reverse EngineeringThe Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NYGroup
2013Hello Goodbye Thank You again, and again, and againCastillo - Corrales, Paris, FRGroup
2013ProBio EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1 Group
2013Untitled (Hybrid)Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013IT-THOU Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Group ExhibitionIndependent, NYGroup
2012Abundant Delicacy47 Canal, NYSolo
2012A Disagreeable ObjectSculpture Center, L.I.C., NY (Cat.)Group
2012GRAN PRIXNudashank, Baltimore, MDGroup
2012The Art of CookingRoyal T, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012TEN TENJason Alexander, NYGroup
2012Looking Back - The 6th White Columns AnnualWhite Columns, New York, NYGroup
2011Alisa Baremboym + SkutaSHOW ROOM 170 Suffolk St., New York, NYDuo
2011Foot to FootRegina Gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Step and RepeatToomer Labzda, NYGroup
2011Chain Letter ShowShoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011White Columns 2011 Benefit ExhibitionWhite Columns, NYGroup
2011How Do You DoNoma Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010179 Canal - AnywaysWhite Columns, NYGroup
2010Real NonfictionBRIC Rotunda Gallery, NYGroup
201036 Dramatic SituationsLOUIS V.E.S.P., NYGroup
2010Alisa Baremboym, Thomas Torres, Cordova Graham Anderson, Caitlin Keogh179 Canal, NYGroup
2010Guilty Feet179 Canal, NYGroup
2009neverANDagainI.S.C.P., NYGroup
2009Why and WhereforeMFA Thesis Exhibition, Bard College, NYGroup
2009Candygrammar999 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009Nobodies New York - The Month of May179 Canal, NYGroup
2008I Moscow International Biennale for Young ArtMoscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2008Poster Project: Nine ThingsNine Things, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2008Cube, Passerby 2008Gavin Brown Enterprises, Passerby, NYGroup
2007Poster ProjectParticipant Inc., NYGroup
2006Poster ProjectFeuer Window Space, NYGroup
2006Two Friends and So OnAndrew Kreps Gallery, NYGroup
2004Poets of MiniatureOffice Ops, Brooklyn, NYGroup