Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Well, this sure is fun! Russian artist Salavat Fidel carves miniature sculptures into the points of graphite pencils. Using an X-ACTO blade, the artist delicately cuts away to reveal hands, buildings, and your favorite tv and movie characters.
Erotica // Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Photographer Nikolay Bakharev was an orphan (his parents died when he was four) who worked as a mechanic until he developed his profession as a self-trained photographer. He grew up in East Russia near Mongolia, and still lives in Siberia. His work was featured in the "Ostalgia" exhibition in the summer of 2011 at the New Museum in New York which gathered art from Eastern European countries with a curious nostalgia for a painful past. As a critic in the Economist said: "All of this art is political, by the simple act of its creation."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We love a good bit of fun when it comes to our morning look around the web, and these works of Alexey Kondakov, an artist based in Kiev, Ukraine, keep showing up and we love them. Kondakov takes very traditional, classical artworks and photoshops them into various moments of daily life. Who wants to ride on the bus with some classical angels?
Erotica // Thursday, June 11, 2015
Ever since we saw the work of Russian photographer Andrew Pashis' work in Taschen's fantastic "The Erotic Photography 2", we have been on a mission to learn more about the man. And you know what? There isn't much out there! He is a mystery to us, and besides the photo spread you see above, or search has yielded minimal results. What we have found is a bizarre collection of nudes, summer time fun, and almost hostile vibes.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 06, 2015
We are quite sure we don't fully understand what the texts say in these illustrations of Valery Barykin, but something we do understand, and something we are fascinated by are the odd pseudo 1950's situations and poses in which the Russian artist shows the women in his works. Add the camera phones with a series of works that are highly influenced by the communist posters of former Soviet Union, and it just get weirder.
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 04, 2015
Artist Yulia Bordskaya was born in Russia and is currently living in the UK. She has earned an international reputation for her innovative 'quilled' paper illustrations.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 16, 2015
Alexander Aksinin was a well-regarded Russian-Ukrainian printmaker and painter known for his sophisticated etching technique, precision and perfectionist attention to detail. Born in 1949, Aksinin worked as an art editor, served in the Soviet army, worked as an industrial design office. Aksinin died in a plane crash in 1985.
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2015
Stuck in the countryside of a cold Russian wilderness, a symbol of isolated/invisible power and stature, Timofey Radya is the creator of Figure #1: Stability. As Radya notes in his own description of the piece, "After the formation officers may leave the area." From what we gather, and from Radya's video, the piece is a construction of lonely power, a sort of comedic tragedy of how power is constructed when nobody is paying attention. Love the red carpet treatment.
Illustration // Friday, January 23, 2015
Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko is a distinguished Russian mathematician, professor, well-known topologist, supporter of radically revising historical chronology, and it turns out, very talented at expressing abstract mathematical concepts through artwork. "Since the mid-1970s, Fomenko has created more than 280 graphic works. Fomenko description of his technique probably sounds unlike anything that most of us have ever previously heard or learned about drawing. He never starts with rough sketches, copies, or outlines. Rather the final drawing appears all at once as a clean copy. "Each mark is final, and my hand does not return to it again". He compares his technique to the process of developing a photo "like using a rag to wipe a thick layer of dust from a picture that already exists".
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova paints across deliberately arranged spreads of old books and documents. The groupings of book act as a single but interrupted canvas for beautiful paintings and illustrations.