Pies at Anna Frants Gallery, Champagne at Natalia Lyakh’s Apartment Party

On Friday, pirozhki were served: some with meat, others with jam. At Anna Frants’ gallery (Frants Gallery) in Soho, there’s a long-standing tradition: an exhibition opening always features pirozhki.

This time, they showcased new works by the St. Petersburg artist Vitaly Pushnitsky, united by a common theme – burn marks on paper. The burnt sheets resemble graphic drawings executed in 3D: where the burn is imprinted on the paper, it becomes voluminous, as if swelling, and one can discern a window or even a door to the unknown.

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Anna Frants. “Visionary Dreams #2391-95”

December 19 – 30, 2006
video installation/cyber installation

Anna Frants, a multimedia artist based in New York, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1989, she graduated from the Leningrad Higher School of Industrial Art named after V.I. Mukhina (now the St. Petersburg Academy of Design), where she received a classical education. Later, by mastering new fields (computer graphics and animation), she expanded her creative horizons. Anna’s works have been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions, including a prize for her three-dimensional computer animation “Angel” at the Autodesk Planet Studio Award. Her short computer-animated film “Angel” also participated in the competitive program of the SouthSide Film Festival (Pennsylvania, 2006) and the New York festival “Red Shift” in 2004. Her works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art KyoseinoSato (Japan) and in private collections.

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