Ofri and Katya and other dancers during the performance
Photo by Zayde
Plaster wearables, designed to wear during the first part of the performance.
Arm cuff designed for the performance
Emily Cobb before the performance wearing plaster wearables
Julie Becker trying one of the wearables
Victoria Patnaude with some of the wearables
Katya during the rehearsal for "Tree"
Photo by Zayde
Katya during the rehearsal for "Tree"
Proposal for The Micro-festival of unfinished puppetry, “Les Sages Fous”, Trois Riviere, Canada
Praised by artists and studied by psychotherapists, rhapsodized and criminalized, obsession is of dual nature: it inspires and moves us toward the loved object, even to the point of that object’s destruction. This project explores the tragedy and beauty of this dual nature through a transformation of material and form.
“The Monument” or “There is Nothing Wrong with Pop.”
Light, Sound Installation & Audio/Visual Performance Proposal for the Illuminus 2018
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln
I grew up in the former Soviet Union with its “unbreakable” giant stone monuments to its grandiose totalitarian leaders…so permanent until one day everything collapsed.
History repeats itself, and in our times with a pompous leader starts reminding of something long gone in the past.
Trump’s sincere admiration for totalitarian leadership inspired this project, which is my tribute to Soviet Propaganda art.
In the middle of the plaza, there is a sound of a marching band, warming up and preparing for a parade. They are setting up, talking, tuning, fixing their gear and uniforms. In the middle, some workers are setting up some large plastic sheeting with a light inside.
Once everyone is ready, the music starts — the famous Star Spangled Banner! As the sound starts, the plastic in the middle filled with light starts growing larger and taller inflating with air. It makes crackling noises, merging with the sound of the song. Once the plastic form is big enough, the spectators realize that it is a giant figure.
Finally, in the inflatable plastic sculpture, we recognize our leader, Mr. Trump. It reminds us of a monument to Socialist leaders. It is 40’ high and emits light.
Somewhere in the middle of the process, the Star Spangled Banner melody starts falling apart. The sound becomes more and more dissonant until finally we barely recognize the initial melody.
Once the “monument” is complete, the marching band stops and screams: “Urra! (Horray)” — the exclamation of joy, so common in military parades.
After the scream, the whole scene freezes for 2 minutes. As 2 minutes expire, the giant “Trump” explodes, creating terrible noise.
“We are now experiencing an exceptional era of “new birth in cosmos” as part of our consciousness.” — El Lissitzky
Proposal for the monument to El Lissitzky in Novosibirsk, Russia
We offer the project “Red Tower”—the monument to be built on Kalinin Square.
The “Red Tower” is a collective image of Lissitzky’s ideas, a combination of “flying or taking architecture off the ground” and a square, one of the main symbols of Suprematism.
This construction is an addition to the plaza, which is one of the “central” urban intersections in Novosibirsk. It organizes the center space and hovers above the fountain (which already exists in this location). The surface of the fountain would be tiled in red to complete the red circle, an abstract symbol of central movement in Constructivism. The square opening, facing the sky, suggests the movement of the square upward in reference to Lessitzky’s ideas about “flight of architecture” and importance of connection to cosmos.
The tower would be made out of steel to sustain the wind, and colored in red.
“ Мы сейчас переживаем исключительную эпоху вхождения в наше сознание нового рождения в космосе.” — Эл Лисицкий
Мы предлагаем проект “Красная башня”. Памятник предполагается построить на площади Калинина.
“Красная башня” — это собирательный образ идей Лисицкого, соединение “полета или отрыва архитектуры от земли” и квадрата, одного из основных символа Супрематизма.
The inner sides of the walls would have a following quote by Lessitzky:
“ Мы начинаем ощущать новый мир, как реальное свершающееся действие. Мы верим, что элементы химической формулы нашего творчества: проблема, изобретение и искусство — соответствуют требованиям этой эпохи. Может быть, элемент искусства расширится за счет проблематики и изобретательства... Техническая наша оснащенность признана Европами и Америками. Время нальет нас энергией для больших свершений.”
This project is about the "displacement" of the individual in a new culture. I am experimenting with different mediums: graphic, installation, programming to invent a new language and a new environment for us to exist in. Through my experimentation I am attempting to misplace, juxtapose and change scale — to re-contextualize the three elements: figure, architecture and language to change our perception.
It is an installation designed to communicate a variety of contexts associated with time and space. The "infinity" effect helps the viewer and the participant notice many delayed self reflections in a single moment.
The video feedback occurred when the video camera was pointing into the projector. The output of the camera is delayed in time, then projected onto the vellum screen positioned between the projector and the camera.
Video camera, projector, vellum screen
MassArt, Boston, 2007
The "Quilt" was inspired by internet dating. Through multiple depictions of i-chat windows the audience can trace a romantic relationship where the nonsensical short sentences are juxtaposed with images of the couple in the private moment of exchange.
The piece was shown in Boston and UK. In later versions the sound element was added.
With advancement of technology, we become more and more dependent on it. I notice how absorbing and aggressive its role can be in our contemporary lives. As much as I am interested in it, I am wondering if we are becoming "slaves" to it. To address these issues I created an installation teaching the i-mac how to read.
i-mac, Frame Thief, surgical tubes, ink on paper, webcam, projector
MassArt, Boston, 2006
Displacement. "Metropolis" film.
One of the letters, "I", created through shooting through the children kaleidoscope.
In the urban environment of the city, sky is a luxury. This mural, inspired by Rene Magritte "Empire of Lights", is attempting to create an artificial reflection of the sky in the brick surface of the entrance to the building, which brought more light and interest in the space.
The environmental change is the constant menace, which brings all the other anomaly to the flora and fauna in the world. Birds are affected by this change as well.
This graffiti mural was painted during Annual graffiti festival in New Briton, MA. Fall 2014.
Every culture has a story of veils between the worlds being thin. In Mexico, "Dia de los Muertos" is a day of remembrance, but what is the real meaning behind the modern "Halloween"? The mural was done in time for Halloween. It commemorates the dead by celebrating death. It is the image of fight in the memory of Wars (from ancient time to present, to future) and suffering it inflicts upon the individual.
The imaginary war could not be fought by anyone but skeletons, those who transcend the past and the present. Just as in "Dia de los Muertos" characters, skeleton fighters don't take themselves very seriously.
The mural was created with UV paint lit by black light. Different translucency of pigments created difference in value, which in return made the space feel more three dimensional.