Arkadiy Nasonov Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Arkadiy Nasonov
Live in: Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Artworks for sale: 3.00
Arkadiy Nasonov Artist Bio:
Thinking about my main sources of inspiration, I can easily trace them to Moscow's conceptual school, beginning its tradition with Kabakov and the Collective Actions Group. One of the most important philosophies adapted by this circle and by me personally was based on a notion that an object of art can not and should not be divided from its interpretation. In other words an artist, in himself also embodies a critic and a viewer. In the beginning of nineties I found an art group called The Cloud Commission, (which now includes more than 130 observers of Cloud forms all over the world). Instead of reacting to works of an older generation of artists, which at the time was a common art tradition in Moscow, the strategy of CC was to create its own, unique style of sky bureaucracy, with aesthetics of science-pop of the fifties as a romantic parody on Soviet propaganda. During our first series of performances we've used old, abandoned museums, which still preserved an aura of Soviet Collective Consciousness. As a part of the event, members of the Cloud Commission and the audience have engaged in thorough discussion of all possible meanings of the performance they just saw or participated in. As an environment for our actions we also used a sea coast on a desert island on Black Sea. Some years ago I've become a member of Medical Hermeneutics Group. One of the basic features of this art collective's strategy was to look at an art object as something that carries its own, distinct psychic syndrome. The main goal of an artist who produces such art piece is to "cure" it and also himself by interpretation, or by "hermeneutic action". Discussing my own work I'd like to bring up several of my recent projects. In one of them, called the "Ethimology of a Dream" I've painted series of portraits (oils on canvas) of several historically famous personalities. Last names of all chosen luminaries had an ending "son", which in translation from Russian into English means "a dream". Each canvas reveals contextual visual puzzle set between the first part of each luminaries' last name and the word "dream" - "son". For instance, famous Parkinson - is a dream about a nature park, Mendelson is the dream of Mendel, Jacobson is the dream of Jacob (Bible's Jacob), Manson is a man's dream, Thaison is the dream of Thailand and so on. For me this particular meeting of real biographical realities and imaginary dreams create peculiar and enigmatic coincidences. In my other "scientific" project, "Antipodes" I've explored and randomly compared some real historic events, incidents and odd happenings, which occurred on the opposite sides of the Earth and at different times, perhaps as some kind of semantic compensation for each other. For example, on the opposite side of Bermuda Triangle (Atlantic Ocean), in Perth (Australia) the first school of flying trapeze artists was founded. In 1897, near Shpitsbergen, brothers Strindberg went up in the hot air balloon, but died in the attempt. Eighty-eight years later, on opposite side of Earth, near the South Pole "The Southern Quest" had sunk. Perhaps the sources of my work one could easily find in so-called Russian logocentric culture and its literary tradition. Nevertheless, in every media which I've used for realizations of my ideas, be it painting (professionally I'm a painter), drawing, video, installations, or musical performance, a written text has always played very important role. These text narratives helped to bring together various images, sounds and frames of movies. At the same time they've successfully created necessary space between the signifier and the significance, as a result revealing new, unexpected meanings...