Walking through the great rooms of Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia some time ago, we stumbled upon … Read More
Silver Illusions project
Walking through the great rooms of Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia some time ago, we stumbled upon a very interesting exhibition of antique daguerreotypes. They fascinated us, we had a filling that by some magic we could glimpse through the time’s looking glass and see the world that sunk in the past, the world of silver illusions.
We were inspired not only by the subjects of early photographs, mostly family portraits and celebrities, whose faces we haven’t seen before: Mozart’s sister or famous Russian artist Karl Briullov. But also by the beauty of glittering silver plates themselves. From old daguerreotypes this silver glitter freely moved into our canvases, transformed into a modern three-dimensional decorative design.
Different sorts of metal always have been one of our favorite media. But this time, we decided not to use solid metal or found objects as previously, but to create the illusion of relief with real gold leaf.
As is typical for our work, we again infuse the images taken from the past and their modern interpretations, combining modernity and historical heritage, speaking about old times in the language of our contemporary art.
The exhibition's title has a double meaning. On the one hand it is an illusion created by early photography, which seemed to contemporaries as something of the science fiction, the other is the illusion of the new technic we use for the first time.
In any case, ancient or modern art itself is the greatest illusion of all! Read Less