Alexander Reichstein’s paradoxical Metamorphoses is an installation of more that 30 weightless sculptures incarnating the changes that happen to child at different stages of growth. These changes correlate with the metamorphoses of an insect. Openwork wire objects are fixed in the crown of a tree. The maggots that look like babies slowly grow arms and legs, wings and long curls. Reichstein’s characters play, jump from branch to branch, swing and explore the space around them like real children. The creatures laugh, cry and mutter something in an unknown language. When they grow up, they fly away from home. The audio effects were created by the Finnish audio-artist Petri Laakso.
The graphic artist Alexander Reichstein was born in 1957 in Moscow. He has lived and worked in Helsinki for more than 20 years. Changing his subjects, concepts, materials, techniques and styles of his works, Reichstein remains true to his method based on a special principle of communication between the art object and the spectator. The public is granted a right to finish the work on its own, while the artistic forms change like a live organism. At last year’s Polytech Fest Reichstein presented an interactive installation “Bestiarium Construendum: Create Curious creatures”.