Anton Burdakov


Assembly

2015
Durational installation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
With participation from Alex White, Bhav Bhella, Charles Proctor, Corinne Deakin, Elena Gileva, Emily Temperton & Jo Ray
Plywood units, models, rubber sculptures
Duration to final state: 2 weeks

How do we want to live? Burdakov's first solo museum project, Assembly considered life frameworks with potential to support both elusive yearnings and daily needs. Using the artist studio as a test site and building a community of participants around an architectural project, it sought to make aspiration visible, reflecting on how physical and social spaces are created as we make our way in life guided by ideals and hopes.

A temporary place of work (the Place) was set up in the exhibition space. A group of participants (the Team), were invited to work together with Burdakov, building display units and furniture, engaging in discussion, form-finding and making models. A less idealised series of rubber works from the same year, Blueprint, contributed to the installation. The task (the Project) mirrored the central theme: to design a building which could house an artist's studio, treating the setup in the exhibition space and its positioning in the wider context as a model to be questioned and re-evaluated.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the largest of its kind in Europe and the Art Fund UK Museum of the Year 2014.