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The image of the Present

One of the issues that I care about is how to see nowadays. Contemporaneity is always a construct assembled from fragments of past, it is always a "backdating." One can easily imagine images of the past through objects and style of that time, but the present has no image. Reality eludes detection and hides behind everydayness, commonness, and thus, becomes indiscernible. It seems possible to me to seize the present by looking at what is happening  with a "slow eye", in the mode of time-lapse. Then we could catch sight of  growing overpasses and shopping malls, developing cities and appearing new light flows that derect residents of the metropolis. Another important position is to create a mental distance that would help to see modern buildings as a ruine.  Painting itself with its rootedness into history gives cause for historical reflection. Painting by its layers and time that is accumulated in it simulates a slow look. Static character of painting is a stark duration. It is important for me to reflect on my own view. Look through a glass, which reflects the interior behind and detached look of a satellite from space. Look of camera or drone, panoramas of streets, which can be seen by Google. These mediating in my works point to view the subject, which should become a spectator standing before a painting or installation. But a viewer is always present in my works ethereally — it would not find its reflection and would not find its image as staffage. I would say that a viewer, faced to my painting, sees his absence
   

 

 

 

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