(2019-ongoing) Obraz, Obrez, Ostatok

The overarching title of the current project – Obraz, Obrez, Ostatok – translates from Russian as image (or appearance), edge (or slice), and remnant. The project reiterates fragments of appropriated Soviet-era images in combination with collected Soviet-era objects. The piece History of the Communist Party of the USSR, for example, consists of a found book of the same title, and a watercolour study on Soviet-era paper based on a film still of a burning USSR History textbook from a 1990 Soviet film. December 28 1991 is a similar assemblage of found, culturally specific and outdated material, combined with a painted study of a specific section of visual ephemera. Both works are constructed around self-reflexivity – one depicting the symbolic destruction of USSR history emerging from an actual obsolete USSR history book, the other reflecting a partially concealed newspaper image that is mimetically expanded as a refraction on the reflective surface. Painting is utilized here as an afterimage, contriving scrupulous familiarity with specific pieces of historical debris. As assembled combinations, the works are both self-negating and self-representational, affirming themselves as mere appearances of diffused cultural matter.

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December 28 1991, 2019, Found newspaper (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Dec. 28 1991), oil paint on polished aluminum, MDF, 12” x 9” x 9”
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December 28 1991, 2019, Found newspaper (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Dec. 28 1991), oil paint on polished aluminum, MDF, 12” x 9” x 9”
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December 28 1991 (Detail), 2019, Found newspaper (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Dec. 28 1991), oil paint on polished aluminum, MDF, 12” x 9” x 9”
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History of the Communist Party of the USSR, 2019, found book (of the same name), watercolour on found Soviet paper, steel shelf, 10” x 8.5” x 3”
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History of the Communist Party of the USSR (Detail of watercolour study), 2019, watercolour on found Soviet paper, 3” x 3”
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OTK-0335, 2019, oil paint on Soviet tissue paper, found Soviet owner’s manual, Soviet fabric, balsa wood, frame, 16.5″x11.5″
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Konstruktor, 2019, oil paint on gesso on Soviet pencils (Konstruktor), Soviet fabric, frame, 9″x14″
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Konstruktor (Detail), 2019, oil paint on gesso on Soviet pencils (Konstruktor), Soviet fabric, frame, painted image: 1.5″x2″