Yuri Kalendarev, sculptor, was born in Leningrad, USSR. Lives and works in Tuscany, Italy.
1963-67 Studies engineering at Leningrad Aircraft Institute and sculpture at Yusupov Palace, Leningrad. 1970-73 Studies monumental sculpture at the Higher Institute of Industrial Art, Leningrad. First involvement with non-conformist art-movement. Studies stone carving at “Monumentsculptura”, Leningrad. 1974-75 Takes part in first “Leningrad non-conformist” exhibition at Nevsky Dvoretz, Leningrad. Takes part in the first underground exhibitions of “Group Aleph”, Leningrad and Moscow. 1977 Establishes studio in Ein Hod, Israel. 1978-79 Teaches sculpture at Haifa University. 1980 Establishes studio in Carrara, Italy. First environmental projects. 1992 First light – works. 1994 Begins to study calligraphy with Prof. Ruan Zong Va and Shodo with Rev. Jomyo Tanaka. 1998 First golden light works. 2002 Begins to study Art of tunning of metals from Robert Paiste, at Paiste AG, Nottwil, Switzerland. First sound sculptures. 2004 First sound performances. 2008 First sounding screens.
Belonging to the generation of underground “non-conformist” artist, the dissidents of the 70s, Yuri Kalendarev has employed various media to develop the outcome of his research that explore the intersection of sculpture and sound vibrations.
He came upon the sonic possibilities of his work after 30 years of working with granite, land art and light projects.
His Sound Plates are forged out of acoustic bronze compounds using hammers and fire, in order to generate a large range of frequency oscillations that allow multiple interactions with the listener’s inner being.
The “sound plates” are designed to create massive low-frequency drones and mid-range howls, which are capable to generate a wide variety of deep percussive sounds. In redefining the concept of sculpture in pure sound terms, the work of Yuri Kalendarev extends and explores a new aural experience that goes beyond the sound itself, an investigation into the realm of “pure acoustic”.
His sound performances captured in his records presents the crystallization of the physicality of Kalendarev’s sound sculpture, his attitude to rhythm, to the persistence of sound itself, with a hushed atmosphere of concentration, silent communion, and mystery.
SELECTED SOUND PERFORMANCES
2010 "Sound Sculptures", Sound performance for newblueearth.org at the “Earth Commoners” Roundtable, Château de Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Silent Action for Grossmunster. Grossmunster Cathedral, Zurich, Switzerland.
2007 ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Art & Transpersonal Psychology, Gazgolder, Moskow, Russia. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, ArtMoscow, Moskow, Russia. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Dei Schachtel Sound Art Gallery, Milan, Italy.
2006 "Cardio 21", Sound Sculptures & Sound Performance for Cardiological Symposium, Auditorium del Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy. "Sound Sculptures", Together with Pierre Favre, Crypt of Grossmunster, Zurich. Switzerland "Sound Sculptures", Gompa of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa di Pomaia, Italy.
2005 “Kursk”, Sound Sculptures, Grossmunster, Zurich, Switzerland. “Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Auditorium del Palazzo dei Congressi, Institute of Clinical Physiology of National Centre of Research, Pisa, Italy.
2004 “Kursk”, Sound Sculptures, The Central Exhibition Hall "Manezh", for The Museum of Nonconformist Art, The Society “Free Culture" and The Art Center “Pushkinskaya-10”, St.Petersburg, Russia.
2003 “Golden Beat”, Project for Nazarian building of Music Academy, Jerusalem, Israel
1995 “Requiem”, House is Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
1990 “Project for Seltenleer”, Heidelberger Castle. “Blue – color of distance”, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
1989 “Project for Water Tower”, for LVAA Water Tower, Louisville, KY, USA
1986 “Project for Tefen”, Open Museum, Tefen, Galilee, Israel
1980 “Gravitation”, Project for “Perspective83”, Art 14’83, Basel, Switzerland
1982 “Gravitation. About anchors”, Perspective 13’82, Basel, Switzerland
1981 “Perspective 82” ART 13’82, Basel, Switzerland
1980 Debel Art Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
1979 Goldman’s Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel
1974 Arena Stage, Washington D.C. USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 “Horizont”, Sound
sculpture, MediaMuseum, MediaArtLab, Moscow. “In nome della Rosa,
mia nonna”, Sound installation, Gall. Giannone, Pisa, Italy.
“10 Sound Plates for Saint Petersburg”, Sound installation &
Sound performance, The Central Exhibition Hall "Manezh", for The
Museum of Nonconformist Art, The Society “Free Culture” and The Art
Center “Pushkinskaya-10”, S.Petersburg, Russia
1996 “Bread and Light”, Sofienholm Museum, Copenhagen, Dennemark
“Bread, Light and Salt ”, Russian State Museum, S.Petersburg, Russia
“Earth and Light”, National Art Gallery, Oslo, Norway “Stones”, First
International Symposium of stone sculpture, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Russia
1994 “Bread and Light”, Contemporary Art Museum, Sopot, Poland “Golod”, „Selbstindentifikation“, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
“The presence of the absent”, University Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv,
Israel „Gravitation“, Kunst auf Landesgartenchau, Hockenheim, Germany
1989 “Project for Water Tower”, LVAA Water Tower,
Louisville, KY, USA “Solitude. Plane and project”,
Solitude Palace, Stuttgart, Germany
show with Tatsumi Oki, Ein-Hod, Israel The
International Symposium of Marble Sculpture, Carrara, Italy
The Marble Pavilions, Carrara, Italy.
Moscow to Jerusalem, Art in Transformation”, traveling exhibition, USA.
Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, Canada “Those who came from Russia”, Kar
Gallery of Fine Art, Toronto, Canada National Art Center, Ottawa,
1976-77 Israel Art Center, Jerusalem, Israel
“12 from Soviet Underground”, traveling exhibition, USA, Canada
1975 “GROUP ALEF” Moscow, USSR First exhibition of “GROUP ALEF”, Leningrad, USSR