Sergei Isupov: Hidden Messages
December 2, 2016–April 2, 2017
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

“Sergei Isupov: Hidden Messages” introduces larger than-life figural sculptures shown in the context of a career survey presented as a multi-room installation. The exhibition, featuring 40 selected works, was designed and built by the artist and co-curated by Erie Art Museum director John Vanco. Spanning the 20 years Isupov has lived and worked in America, the show forms a semi-autobiographical wunderkammer — a collection of curiosities.

“By morphing together humans and animals, creating dimensionally illusionistic works, and embedding secret scenes within them, Isupov creates multi-layered artworks that challenge viewers’ perception of reality. An erotic surrealist and protective family man, Isupov blends images drawn from experience and imagination that invite viewers to complete the work through their personal interpretations.” — John Vanco
The exhibition features three large standing figures at its entrance, a 25 foot plinth of marching figures, a room of intimate romance and family, and an expanse dominated by 10 by 14 foot painted female head blowing a gust of smaller works across a 40 foot wall.

Sergei Isupov: Hidden Messages is available for exhibition at other museums and galleries.

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