Irina Starzhenetskaya and Anatoly Komelin "Signs of Being" 25/11/2018 automatic translate
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Российская академия художеств
In the halls of the Russian Academy of Arts (Prechistenka, 21) there will be an exhibition of works by Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, State Prize Winner Irina Starzhenetskaya and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts Anatoly Komelin, Signs of Being.
The viewer will have a new meeting with the works of the famous artistic duet. The very title of the exhibition contains not only its concept, but also a kind of characteristic of the nature of the works of famous Russian authors. Researchers note the ability of masters to abandon all earthly things and see the world as if from above, capturing that harmony of all being, which in the everyday life of an ordinary person breaks down into many minor episodes. Unrequitedness, mystery, a combination of a deeply national vision of the world with a common humanity of problems, proximity to the precepts of the ancient masters - with responsiveness to the love and pain of modernity - all this can be equally attributed to the pictorial works of I. Starzhenetskaya and sculpture A. Komelin. "Express at least a small part of what is greater than you." In this they see the purpose of art, which is born in the infinite space between the Creator and the Creation, in which the artist and his work live. The exposition of the exhibition, presenting the work of recent years, puts the main semantic accents of their many years of creativity.
Irina Starzhenetskaya belongs to a galaxy of artists from the 1960s - 1970s, who introduced a new world perception, a new style into the national art. In 1968 she graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov, where she studied with such great masters as A. Gritsai, D. Zhilinsky, S. Shilnikov. For many years, designed the performances in the musical theaters of the country, but always remained faithful to painting, seeking her means to express their feelings, “to say something that cannot be said with words”, which over the years has shaped her unique style. Astonishing by the plastic freedom, power of the pictorial element, he was the result not only of an innate artistic gift, but also the result of her extraordinary intelligence.
“Her painting is initially metaphorical, and it should be evaluated solely by the categories of poetics,” notes art critic M. Lazarev. Color has always been for Starzhenetskoy basis of her pictorial speech. She comprehended his secrets in all periods of her work. Being by nature a person musically gifted, she perceives color as visible music, as interrelations and interactions of life, trying to translate auditory sensations into visual ones, using, first of all, not so much visual as color expressive possibilities of color, from rainbow combinations to frankly black, depending on the intent.
Paying tribute to certain genres at different times - a portrait in the 1970s – 80s, a depiction of flowers - in the 2000s, I. Starzhenetskaya does not prefer any of them to the landscape, following, first of all, the desire to convey the state, feeling - pain, suffering, love, joy... Extremely enlarged plan, she creates compositions on canvas, reaching them with real tension and drama, and everything that is depicted in her works - a human figure, bird, tree, river, cloud acquire the character of a sign, an eternal element of life.
The exhibition presents works united by the author into extensive series, defining the geography of her travels, spiritual and artistic priorities: “Greece”, “Syria”, the Gospel cycle, “Tarusa”, etc. Embodying in colors real impressions, images created by her imagination, Starzhenetskaya creates her own unique artistic history of the world, engaging the viewer in an exciting journey.
Anatoly Komelin (born 1953) is one of the most striking and original contemporary sculptors. The sculptor’s favorite material is wood. He also works with stone, metal, and other hard materials. Avoiding details, the master demonstrates the power and expressiveness of plastic minimalism.
A native of the Mariysk Territory, Komelin from childhood showed the ability to make with his own hands. In 1976 he graduated from the Penza Art College named after K.A. Savitsky, received a deep professional education. Since 1981 lives in Moscow. For several decades, A. Komelin has worked both in the easel art, experimenting in the works of wooden plastics and free-form designs, and in monumental art, creating stone reliefs, iconostasis, worship crosses for Orthodox churches. The movement from objective forms to conditionally abstract, more and more simple and concise, allows him to express capacious, eternal meanings and plots. Wood, stone, other materials and random objects in the hands of the master turn into unique works of art. In his work, Komelin not so much transforms nature as exposes its essential properties.
In such large-scale objects as the "Resurrection of Lazarus" or easel "Besogon", "Theater of Military Operations" the sculptor solves the problems of space, working in a conventional manner, with a certain amount of irony and cheerful ingenuity. Creating church works, he is extremely strict about the details, the thoroughness of execution, the architectonics of spatial constructions, the harmony of the part and the whole. The exhibition presents stone compositions on biblical subjects: “The Transfiguration”, “The Annunciation,“ The Presentation ”,“ Baptism ”, etc.
Most of the works of artists created in Tarusa, where they live for a long time in their house, which became their second workshop. Since 1989, Irina Starzhenetskaya and her husband, Anatoly Komelin, participated in the creation of the interior decoration of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Tarus, completed in 1998. Starzhenetskaya executed the pictorial part of the iconostasis, painting walls and mosaics, Komelin - woodwork and stone. They also took part in decorating the temple of the Small Ascension on B. Nikitskaya Street in Moscow. This work has become an important stage in the work of artists. She was associated primarily with the study of the historical experience of church painting, the knowledge of the most difficult problems of Orthodox canons. The knowledge gained allowed them to expand the range of their creative searches beyond the boundaries of the visible, into the sphere of pure spiritual being. Therefore, the works of recent years, regardless of the plot and genre, are perceived as a multidimensional symbol of some part of the universe.
The works of artists are in collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and other major museums in our country and abroad, as well as in many private collections.
I. Starzhenetskaya and A. Komelin were awarded the Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh, I degree, and were awarded gold medals of the Russian Academy of Arts.
The exhibition will run until December 16, 2018