This picture is part of my utopian forest series. Forests are holistic and archaic organisms, which gave place to many significant events throughout countless ages, providing a shelter for the escapers, for the lost and those who want to hide: a realistic and mysterious scene. On the pictures I created scenes that bring up certain memories and foreshadow certain atmospheres; scenes that hide different forces and events. In the title I pay tribute to Henri Rousseau’s Jungle.
2. ADRIA – CHINA
On this picture, due to the connection of two antagonistic motif-systems, a strange discordance is present. The two motifs are the plaid fabric, which I stretched over the frame, and the painted forest (an Adriatic landscape) depicted in a genteel artistic style. The effect is ambivalent, the sense of inner freedom and outer prison, or vice versa – at the same time.
The picture also refers to the recent Chinese phenomenon in commercial goods; that’s why the slight pun in the title, also referring to the fact that the picture shows similarities to 4th Century Chinese landscapes: they also applied more-point perspectives to create a multi-dimensional effect.
3. TOUR DE FRANCE
This small picture is quite personal, it has an intimate atmosphere. It is about two people’s struggle along their way together. This kind of figurativeness changes the picture into a romantic genre; presented with a loose sfumato technique, it’s a very idyllic image, a happy moment of a memory-like impression which is enhanced by the plaid fabric base. It serves as a panel or blanket displaying images of a memory.
Tour de France is a piece of a series of paintings, which I painted being inspired by rhythms of the band Kraftwerk.
4. HOUSING ESTATE
This work shows marks of the social-realistic style, awaking strong memories from my childhood partially spent in Moscow housing estate in the second half of the1970s.
I have another picture that contains similar elements: black and white birch-trees in front of the plaid fabric with its yellowy-rusty colors, creating the atmosphere of a housing estate. I placed that picture inside of a Plexiglas-box and complemented it with a string of LEDs which weren’t evenly placed on the surface of the picture, but more like a string of lights on the street, evoking a dreary, neon-cold, droning and depressing effect. This small painting (60x60cms) is featuring me as a small child on a sledge, which gives the object the vibe of an old slide strip.
I discovered a 16th Century Persian wall-carpet pattern, which shows a sequence of a panther and a gazelle chasing each other. I silkscreen-printed the pattern on a canvas and I painted a draft picture of the panoramic view of a housing estate with lakes.
The landscape is shown from a slight angle as if we were looking out from an airplane.
The redundancy of the pattern motif gives broken dynamics to the pictures. I used this as a base for other pictures as well: in my 2009 exhibition Happy Hunting Grounds I dealt with topics like life after death, projections of the soul – from a non-religious point of view. I tried to stretch the borders of the “edge of life”, to enter a zone where nothing is present: nobody’s land. All these pictures have a vibrating effect; also, they evoke a hiving and swarming feeling in the viewer.7.
6. SPIRIT OF AFRICA
Black music always had a great impact on me and I take every opportunity to get in contact with African culture. For my 2009 exhibition in New York City I used African printed fabrics as canvasses. I painted mainly South African landscapes on them. The photos I used were taken by a photographer friend of mine, who took the pictures from very inspiring angles.
Portraits I have too in this stream- means- afro portraits in something special environment. These beginning from surrealism, but it has concrete story, what I'm trying to transform to the future. The differences similar, than Fritz Lang’s films, to Matthew Barney...