Freestanding armature made from balsa dowels, hold black and white vintage images of women exercising

Tatiana Istomina, Flight Mechanics (detail) (2022). Multimedia Installation.

Flight Mechanics

The central questions at play in the work of 2021-22 A.I.R. Fellow Tatiana Istomina concern the conditions of knowledge and the variable concepts of truth. Her newest body of work Flight Mechanics, on view at A.I.R. Gallery, explores the long-established binary between a mechanism and a living organism.
In the exhibition, printed and embroidered images are combined within sculptural frames made of wood, string, and fabric. The frames criss-cross the gallery, turning it into a spatial and pictorial maze, wherein photographs of dogs undergoing Pavlovian conditioning and Soviet athletes engaged in group exercise collide with the schematics of the first analogue computer.


Tatiana Istomina

Tatiana Istomina is a Russia-born artist and writer based in New York. Her practice includes painting, sculpture, installation, film, and text. Her projects have been featured in exhibitions and screenings across the US and abroad at venues including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Gaîté Lyrique, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Istomina is a recipient of several awards including the AAF Prize for Fine Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Chenven Foundation grant, the Puffin Foundation grant and the Spillways Fellowship, and worked at multiple residencies, such as Yaddo, the Core program, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions and Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands). Istomina holds a PhD in physics from Yale University and an MFA from Parsons New School.