Juxtapoz // Friday, January 09, 2015
The greatest challenge an artist faces is to adequately channel his first bursts of creative energy. It is necessary to constantly work at improving one’s skills in order to effectively tackle this challenge. I combine these practically obsolete concepts with modern decorative themes. In the present body of work, I wanted to create a slightly nostalgic atmosphere.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
This unique archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings. Included in the collection are more than three thousand tattoo drawings made by Danzig Baldaev during his time as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society...
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 27, 2014
Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files is a selection of photographs of Russian prisoners tattoos collected by Arkady Bronnikov between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. A senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over thirty years, part of Bronnikov's duties involved visiting correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We are really enjoying the new work of Sergei Isupov,a ceramic artist born in Russia and currently living in Virginia. From a family of artists–his mother, Nelli Isupova, is a ceramics folk artist and his father, Vladimir Isupov, and younger brother, Ilya Isupov, are painters.
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 23, 2014
We are loving the work of Russian-born husband-and-wife team Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova. 'Characterized by a remarkable fusion of seemingly discordant elements: past present, figurative and abstract, traditional and avant-garde,' their work together features Renaissance-era figures floating over backgrounds of cryptic text and pattern 'while areas of intricate, realistic detail coexist with expanses of layered color.'
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 03, 2014
In addition to luxurious illustrations and advanced Constructivist models, the magazine offered an overview of current European trends, in which the Soviet control system saw “vestiges of capitalism.” The fashion magazine’s first issue was its last. If not for the excesses of Soviet censorship, Russia would now have its own Vogue and Harpers Bazaar all rolled into one.
Design // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Soviets were really good at making poster art in the form of propaganda, so good that even the most horrible messages had a begrudgingly nice look. But we have to say, when the Soviet graphic artists wanted to tackle anti-alcohol subjects, they make it damn effective.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals' views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer's exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness...
Photography // Monday, February 24, 2014
In 2009, Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm created an online webspace and blog where over 60 Russian photographers ranging from photographic dabblers to award-winning professionals could post their own images capturing the true essence of everyday living throughout Russia. The project, which is titled “Moles on the Map”...
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 10, 2014
I first met Alex Chowaniec 4 years ago when we were both showing in a pop-up gallery in San Francisco. Now both in NY, we swapped studio visits on a winter afternoon. I was excited to hear about her project questioning cultural traditions in contemporary Russia.