” Every work of art comes into being in the same way as the cosmos — by means of catastrophes “. W. Kandinsky
The point of reference for this work was Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square.
I believe that in special cases, when you need to talk about something exceeding your ability to comprehend the subject, art becomes some sort of a bridge that enables starting the discussion. And this is because art speaks of the same using metaphors and images. Therefore, it speaks concisely, not directly, not judging or evaluating, posing questions and not giving any conclusive answers. When the subject is complex, all of this is especially significant.
Why the Black Square, in particular?
Personally, the black square shape on white background tells me about chaos above all things, although there are a lot more meanings “threaded” into this piece, and anyone can find their own. Chaos, disarray is an implicit part of Russian reality and at the same time one of the reasons of any catastrophe. Creation of the daring Black Square presents a catastrophe from the standpoint of conventional painting. The catastrophe is acutely palpable through its example, coinciding in time, anticipating or being an indirect consequence of similar phenomena in other areas of Russia’s life in the 20th century. To the present day, life in Russia is filled with large and small catastrophes. That is why the Black Square is still relevant. Huge unguided masses of oppositely charged energies are closing in on their critical point. There is no way back. The collision is imminent. Something dies. Something is being born.
We-ll-timed takes place at Photodepartment Gallery in St. Petersburg until August 31, 2014.