From the Random Photo 01082018 series
From the Random Photo 01082018 series
While working on The Sequences of Conditions, I was inspired by two works of fundamental research: a book by Martin Gardner entitled Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers and Barnett Newman’s manifesto The Plasmic Image.
I have always been fascinated by the problems involved in creating a universal artistic element that could be developed endlessly, interacting with different spaces. By way of example, fractal is such an element in mathematics. In my project the fractal medium is a square that has no proportions. Two images constructed from such elements bear an extremely approximate resemblance to the familiar world that we know (“forest”space and “atmosphere” space).
Atmosphere is a combination of chemical elements. By analogy, the atmosphere of the picture is created thanks to the interaction of minerals bonded by resins, oils and varnishes. In my project I set myself the figurative objective of combining two spaces in one work so smoothly that spectators would not be able to perceive the transition. As is the case, for example, in ambient music popularly termed atmospheric.
The sequence of the condition of the work arises thanks to the colour dynamics in its fragments. This approach is closer to a Chinese scroll than a North European still life, which compels us to come closer and closer to the work. And this is how it is disclosed, demonstrating yet another quality — the microcosm of the details. Works on scrolls exceeding 10 metres in length motivate us to look for the great in large-scale works,
which cannot be appropriately viewed in a single glance. In my installation each separate fragment represents a frame of the conditions. The Sequences of Conditions may be developed in different physical directions, unleashing the hidden potential of degrees of freedom of the work, while simultaneously immersed in its own lack of freedom. This growth process in the infinite work can be stopped once I receive answers to most of the questions that I have raised regarding painting, methodology and motivation.
RENUNCIATION OF FIGURATIVE ART
The impact of the work is not attributable to the form, but instead to the elusive magnetism surrounding the space of the work. Such magnetism in Newman’s works was expressed in a series of plasmic paintings. I was enthralled by this idea. I worked on the composition of space, using the technique of consecutive simplification, abstracting as much as possible away from figurative art.
The audio video installation consists of 12 LCD screens, where one character singsthe vowel sounds, of which there are naturally six in Russian. Each scene and sound isplayed on a separate screen. The screens are specifically not synchronised with each other at the launch of the video, while the sound is intentionally expanded with a reverberator,
thereby acquiring a volumetric and slightly otherworldly sound. In the 1950s Igor Stravinsky started using serial compositional techniques, which involves a specific concept for writing music, namely: a technique of musical composition whereby a series (row) of non-recurrent sounds serve as the pitch. It was introduced into musical practice in the works of Arnold Schoenberg and Аnton Webern. Threni: id est Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae from 1958 was the first completely serial composition, where Stravinsky rejected tonality as such. Working on the “chorus”, I adhered to the serial technique and intentionally selected the vowel sounds of the composer’s native language, which can be sung and combined
in a polyphonic structure.
Sufi whirling (or Sufi spinning) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kemal. This is sought through abandoning one’s nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. As explained by Sufis:
Kristina Romanova set (c) … … … …
Endless forest HD audio-video-installation, Triumph gallery, Moscow 2013
Program: [Context of the visual]
Coordinator: [Maria Punina]
Participants: [Leonid Tishkov], [Vladimir Tarasov], [Anna Ermolayeva], [Marina Chernikova], [Vladislav Efimov], [Vladimir Martynov], [Aristarkh Chernyshev], Dziga Vertov, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, [Mikhail Tsekhanovsky], [Boris Yurtsev], [AES+F group], [Maxim Ksuta], [Nelya and Roman Korzhov], [Alexander Zaytsev], [Vladimir Logutov], [Social Adaptation group]
Organizers: NCCA Volga Branch, Samara Regional Public Charity Fund “Contemporary Art Centre”, ART-CENTRE Gallery SAMARA-CENTRE Ltd.
With the support of: RUSS OUTDOOR, VICTORYA Gallery, Moscow State Cinema Museum, XL Gallery, Triumph Gallery, Samara Regional Art Museum
Opening: May, 11, 7 pm
Place: Samara Art Centre (90, Michurina, Samara, Russia)
Coontacts: samara-center.ru/artcenter, +7 (846) 212-03-80, +7 (927) 604-33-05
This exhibition project, built on rare 1930s film footage and works by prominent contemporary artists, poses questions about the relationship of humans with man-made reality and the possibilities of self-identification through technology and production. Today, the humans’ attitude towards technology is consumerist. Perhaps it is because of the lack of direct contact with machines of production that the postindustrial man loses his positive attitude not only towards the mass-produced objects but also his own life which, much like machines and technology, is not under his control any longer.