Anatoly Shuravlev: Future Revisited
Thessaloniki, Thessaloníki, 04/05/2017 - 04/23/2017
In his new project Anatoly Shuravlev argues on the subject of the form as a
primary component of art. In the Russian avant-garde, form was dominating and
could determine the content or bring new meaning to it. Non-objective images
didn’t use a given topic as the starting point. They structured the content
gradually through combinations of color and line, light and form. Such
combinations led to the creation of a new alphabet that radically changed both
the vision of art and our view on art.
The artist uses 1000 images of Russian avant-garde artworks from the George
Costakis collection by altering their scale and by photographically reproducing
them in size 10 x 8 mm. In this way, he calls us to revisit the issue of form
with the help of a new alphabet invented by the deconstruction of the
formalistic art itself.
Forms are again suspended in a new world and can be studied as if they were
letters of a different alphabet or signs for an imaginary system. Eventually
Shuravlev revives the value of these works by creating a new space, a total
installation, an extra-ordinary Art Temple, which calls for the experience of a
future world-view of the Art. A whole collection of paintings and drawings
becomes one single artwork, which not only acts as a tribute to the historical
avant-garde but also as an invitation to see the historical avant-garde
projected in a totally new way.