Protey Temen is a mixed media artist working with drawings, videos, books and installations. Protey creates abstract visuals to explore and visualize the intersections between science and random visual data utilizing the poetry of everyday life processes. 

 

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“The capital topic Protey Temen is now working with, that is, researching the environment, its analyzing and fixing with the plastic language of abstract art and graphics, stays unchanged for many a year, yet the artist’s optics is obviously changing. From the pagan territory of a myth and the method of “surritualism” discovered by him, Protey approaches, step by step, a quasi-scientific way of interpreting the world. How does the look work, what is information, what are objects made of, why do we see a spot and perceive a symbol in a definite way, how do we influence the occurring around us acting as witnesses of various processes? All which can be conventionally laid into the sphere of the sensitive, reflexive personal experience, facts that cannot be checked, are codified and converted into a common popular knowledge by Protey. Proving his hypotheses in advancing way, he explains his own intuitive discoveries about the world structure, using the approach and glossary of a rationalist scientist. Nevertheless, the artist stays within the field of art: packing these pieces of knowledge into customary formats used by the enlightenment institution (text, illustrative materials, schemes, visual aids) he returns the aesthetic focus to a theory’s dry language.

The scientific style of learning the reality usually implies abandonment of the aesthetic component in favour of understanding of the meaning thereof. Protey combines the emotional experience of “the beautiful” and searching of “the true”, unites the abstract and the concrete, manifests to us as spectators and students of his “Inner School of Open Studies” the similarity of fundamental strategies of the scientific approach and art practices aimed at revelation of the only true and faithful version of the reality”. — Introduction by Yulya Yusma

 

Work geography: Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Having coffee making calculations • First Person exhibition / Magazijn, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017
“Knowledge Of” (with Lucas Gutierrez) • Aperto Raum, Berlin, Germany, 2017
One Ant Climbed Into Astronaut’s Ear, Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russia, 2016
The Cave of Generosity • Komnata Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia, 2014
Passion • Rojo Nova, Sao–Paolo, Brasil, 2011
Mechanics Logotype • LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2011
Oil Project • Gallery Annexe, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Breakfast Heroes • Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2009

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Knowledge Of, Chapter B • The Quickest Via pavilion, The Wrong biennale, World Wide Web, 2017
Processes and Interactions • Art4 Museum, Moscow, Russia, 2016–2017
Various Works Selection • META – The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, 180 Creative Camp, Abrantes, Portugal, 2014
Newspaper • L’École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, Rennes, France, 2013
Passion the Movie. New Cut • Nova Festival, Auditório MIS, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2012
Videomix, Gogbot Festival • Planetart, Enschede, Netherlands, 2011
Videosculptures • La Biennale di Venezia, Internet Pavilion, BYOB, Venice, Italy, 2011

SELECTED TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

The Spring Cycle • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, 2017
Emptiness Between Us • Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017
When Will Shepherd Return? • National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2013
Constructivism meets Characters • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2009

COLLECTIONS

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russian National Library, private collections in Russia, Germany, France, Spain and USA