Planetary Nebulas / Rostan Tavasiev

Rostan Tavasiev

Planetary Nebulas

27 Feb - 03 Apr 2021

Anna Nova Gallery is pleased to present Planetary Nebulas, a solo exhibition by Rostan Tavasiev. The artist worked out the projects of eight spectacular unearthly sculptures – planetary nebulas, made of the stellar envelope lost by a dying star and flashing in its light. The project showcases the first ever implementation plan for one of the objects. In fact, dreams about art in space have never been so close to becoming real.
For thousands of years, the light of distant stars has been inspiring humans not only to casting beyond the moon, but also to comprehending physical arrangement of the Universe, as well as extending their habitat. Today, when the armament race has given way to the peaceful era of the International Space Station (ISS) and when space tourism and even colonization of other planets are passing from fiction to nonfiction, the idea of making art in space seems more and more real – and yet as romantic as ever. How can humans create art in space today? 
The artist suggests that boundaries of contemporary art should be extended – to universal limits. Thus, stars with average mass can be used as cosmic art objects during a certain stage of their evolution. Each of the eight cosmic sculpture projects is based on an existing binary star system that is likely to have a planetary nebula formed in the foreseeable future. These objects are visualized in graphic art and paintings, photo prints, as well as 3D layouts and animations. Fragile handmade models on wooden platforms remind of extracurricular astronomy classes for school children, whereas daring perspectives of nebulas twisting on the bright canvases bring to mind Soviet era illustrations for science fiction stories. Not turning back on solemnity of Russian cosmists and yet renouncing anthropocentrism that has lost its edge to a certain extent, the artist models his space sculptures with an easily recognizable image of a hare.
Planetary nebulas are among the most striking and magnificent objects in space. For a short (at least, on a cosmic scale) moment, a cloud of interstellar plasma opens as a beautiful flower, twinkling in the light of a dying star. Thanks to our imagination, we look into its complex and elegant shapes to discover the most poetic visions. What if we try to design a planetary nebula of our own? Can an artist’s mind cope with a task that major? Do contemporary art and science hold the potential for such tasks solving? Where do limits of our imagination and capability lie?
Rostan Tavasiev
The exhibition will comprise planetary nebula projects for both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres. A rather feasible implementation plan for one of the projects will be presented – along with a cost sheet. To learn more about how planetary nebulas can be impacted, please watch the conversation between Rostan Tavasiev and astrophysicist Sergey Popov from the Art in Space series.
The exhibition poses an entire group of questions to people of Earth like what planetary nebulas will be like after we learn to impact their formation, what opportunities artists will get there, what challenges they are likely to encounter, if museums, funds, and collectors are ready to purchase objects that will take thousands of years to finalize... Within the exhibition, Anna Nova Gallery will issue a series of video interviews in which Rostan Tavasiev will try to answer these questions in collaboration with the experts (a curator, a gallery dealer, a collector and an art critic).