Alexander Shchurenkov

Untitled (Mesh)

Historically, a net represents different types of connections between people and events, separated either by time or space. It has also been used for hundreds of years as a tool by fishermen, and the weaving technique is transferred from father to son even in our days of automation and mass production. Artist’s father taught how to weave a fishnet about two decades ago, yet Shchurenkov had never used this skill since then.

With this installation, he tries to establish a connection between the old and the new, the known and the forgotten, the personal and the communal. To make the fishnet, he made an automated tool that makes a rope from different types of plastic garbage bags and gardening wire. Some of the ropes look really like plastic, while others resemble anatomical objects. Another — very traditional — tool made from a wooden plank with multiple holes and two big nails was used for weaving.

The result, an 8 m long net, was then placed in an old basement of the fortress in Salzburg along with other site- specific three-dimensional installations. They literally connected the old and the new and became a sort of virtual time machine that blended these two worlds together.

Untitled (Mesh). Plastic garbage bags, wire. 800 x 450 cm, 2017-2018

Untitled (Mesh). Plastic garbage bags, wire. 800 x 450 cm, 2017-2018