Under the Asphalt-site specific installation.
This work was created for “street art festival” ArbatFest ” in Almaty in September 2013.
It Is hand maid mosaic manually laid out under the asphalt .
A traditional Kazakh carpets ornament , integrated into a modern urban landscape of Almaty-the largest city in Kazakhstan.
I tried combine a very different time and artistic contexts – modern architecture Almaty with all its ” Soviet intervention ” and semantics of traditional Kazakh carpets.
I wanted to create the illusion of a recognizable colorful pattern that hides under kilometers of gray asphalt covering modern city.
Apart from the obvious historical and cultural value , the carpets are original brand of Kazakhstan and their value is constantly increasing.They are increasingly exposed and collected
During production and installation of work concept changed and evolved into a project that I think I could develop in different cities of the world.
Directly on the installation, I realized that my work would benefit if I cut out pieces of asphalt or use ready-made potholes in the road surface, which are the specifics of a major city.
Also appeared the idea of the unexpected encounter with an art object – and the reaction of the unprepared viewer to this meeting in a city space.
Mosaic made by me out of broken recycled ceramic tails – it was rather a very cheap material )
Mosaic – is old fashioned and extremely time consuming media, but this is exactly why I was interested to work with in an environment of modern street space.
In this case the use of this technique – my comment on the situation in contemporary applied arts.
To Define what is contemporary art and what is not – is difficult .
The Boundaries between “design” “craft” “fine art” are very unclear.
But attitude to media related to arts & crafts( for example glass and ceramic) in the framework of contemporary art rather negative .
I consciously create extremely time-consuming work and its temporary existence in the open is not protected by walls gallery or museum space and deliberately mixing styles and materials
In my opinion an artistic skill , knowledge how to produce your own work is one of the bridges connecting the artistic experience of the present and the past .