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 December 28 1991 is a similar assemblage of found, culturally specific and outdated material, combined with a painted study of a specific section of visual ephemera.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.
Also see: Incidental Television in Soviet Films