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8 1/2 Anti-Social Masks for Instagram, Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song

An Introduction to ‘Absolutely Augmented Reality’ A Photographic Portrait Series by Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song

Opening Reception // Tuesday, June 25th, 6-9pm
Exhibition on View // June 25th – July 1st
208 East 73rd Street | New York, NY 10021
Open Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm or by appointment

Absolutely Augmented Reality © Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song

New York, NY – Opening on Tuesday, June 25th, Orange Art Projects is pleased to present ‘8 1/2 Anti-Social Masks for Instagram’ the first exhibition by Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song featuring select works from their new photographic portrait series, ‘Absolutely Augmented Reality’.

Absolutely Augmented Reality © Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song

Incorporating surrealistic motifs while evading any use of digital manipulation or photoshop editing, ‘Absolutely Augmented Reality’ explores the compelling intersection between modern photography and humanity’s “mental archive” of the subconscious dreamscape. Without alluding to any concrete ideas or unified plot-lines, Vostrikov and Song play fast and loose with the concept of time, asking viewers to consider whether these images represent lived experiences or premonitions for the future.
‘8 1/2 Anti-Social Masks for Instagram’ will be on view at 208 East 73rd Street New York, NY through July 1st. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm and by private appointment.


The first rule of magic forbids explaining illusions. But for our purposes, we’ll gladly take you backstage to showcase the unbridled expanse of our vision.
We collect phantasms from dreams, cataloging the penumbra of fleeting moments. Individually, each photograph suggests a narrative that declines resolution; collectively, the series evades the comfort of clarity in favor of the mysteries of ambiguity. As storytellers, we are uncertain guides, leaving breadcrumbs along multiple pathways, some as definitive as a punchline, others as elusive as a mirage.
Seizing upon the theatrical tradition of suspended belief, we ask, what if you’ll believe anything you see? What if you understand falsehood as truth, or truth as falsehood? Don’t believe us, we implore, while insisting what you see is no mere trick. It is everything you see. It is nothing you see. Everything you see is real in its unreality.
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