Новиков Иван Novikov Ivan

Novikov_photo300Ivan Novikov (b. 1990) is one of the brightest figures in the new generation of Moscow artists and a recent alumnus of Vasily Surikov Art Institute and Baza Institute of Contemporary Art, where he currently gives fine art classes. After his first solo show at “Start” project at WINZAWOD Contemporary Art Centre Novikov participated in a number of group exhibitions including Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Krasnoyarsk Contemporary Art Biennale and Manifesta 10 in Saint-Petersburg.

Perverted basket.

The project “Perverted Basket” explores the relationship between nature and art. This relationship is seen through the social prism and that is what takes the artist 40 years back to one of the most violent episodes in the human history. The uprising of the radical leftist youth led by Pol Pot in 1975 Cambodia sought to destroy all products of civilization, including money. Pol Pot described his political ways with a phrase: “Before us people were trying to pick the rotten eggs out from a basket, we are going to turn this basket upside down and replace the eggs ”. For the artist a basket turned upside down becomes a metaphor for tremendous social degradation with wild jungles eating up the cities.

The artist explores this rare and significant episode of the modern history in his installation that combines paintings, photography and objects. He thinks of painting as a medium different from all other featured art forms in terms of reflecting the relationship between nature and civilization that is built in the very material layer of a canvas and paint on the level of artist’s reflection. This social and political component of painting had also been deployed in avant-garde (especially in Russian constructivism) and minimalism. The artist enhances that abstract image with refreshing cutting-edge quality, combining critique of figurativism with a brave philosophical attempt to envision the human and artistic paradigms from a standpoint of natural processes.

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