ERARTA MUSEUM presents an exibition and book by Hopeless Painters
— Good old wine of pure art
— Works by the artists hopelessly in love with painting
— Heirs to the “Circle of Artists” traditions
The term “hopeless painters” is not a new one; it was coined around twenty years ago, when the artistic elite deemed painting irrelevant, while we kept on insisting on its necessity in people’s lives. Things are a little different now: the conceptual art has somewhat withered; there are young people who feel sympathetic towards painting and the hopelessness in its negative sense has disappeared from the term. What is left is just a hopeless love of painting. The artists in this group are very different; they belong to different traditions, have different ambitions and education, different genders and ages. They share one obvious thing in common: that is a hopeless preference of painting over everything else. <...>
I. Cover (The paint, oil on the dirty cardboard). Simplicity. Color. Carelessness. Sudden occurrences. A refined artlessness. Characters. Formalism, etc.. Knew from what rubbish growing masterpieces... / Bright blue as a symbol of hope / And this is a typical Petersburg colors, and inside of paintings /.
II. Bookbinding (open spine, multicolor lines says the paintings is inside. An album about painting and people who subtly feeling the color, the keepers of the cultural and painting traditions). It is a symbol of the baring naked soul of artists.
IV. Fonts — Citizen. A super jobbing typeface for the Glyphs palette. For composite header set. The font and typography were created to be viewed as an image (composition) first and then to be read. This font were created to appear strange and funny, at but then beautiful. The result looks much more like a modern ornamental script: the typeface for very big type sizes and very slow reading.
Were involved in the projects:
— Artists: Iosif Ziman, Anatoly Zaslavsky, Boris Borshch, Yulia Linsbach and Dmitry Flegontov, Yulia Sopina, Alexander Rumyantsev, Irina Vasilieva, Vladimir Yashke, Maria Dubrovskaya, Stanislav Korolenko, Aron Zinshtein and Arthur Molev, Vladimir Rogozin, Veronika Leontieva, Georgy Mudrenov, Igor Burmistrov, Nadezhda Vinogradova, Alla Davydova, Oksana Petrova, Nikita Tkachuk and Ilya Ovsyannikov, Marat Tazhibaev, Alexander Nekrasov, Anna Ikonnikova, Vladimir Parshikov and Robert Lotosh is a like-minded sculptor.
— Authors of the texts: Alexander Grigoriev, Anatoly Zaslavsky, Andrey Kuznetsov, Valeriy Panasiuk, Valery Chereshnya, George Mudrenov, Gleb Ershov, Lyubov Gurevich, Marina Zhukova, Nikita Tkachuk
— Alexey Mashevsky author of the idea of creating the album "Hopeless painters"
— Financial support by Alexey Belyaev, Gleb Rudenko, Maxim Sorokin, Anton Zuzenko, Vadim Yampolsky
— Authors-compilers Anatoly Zaslavsky, Julia Kargina (also design, artwork, cover book)
— Editor, proofreader Natalia Zisman
— Photographic reproduction George Mudrenov, Nicolay Simonovsky, Julia Kargina
— A leading curator of Erarta Museum of contemporary art Vladimir Nazansky
— Author and curator of the series "Avanguard on the Neva" Isaac Kushnir
Typeset (Fonts): Letterhead Studio (Yuri Gordon), ParaType;
Printed and bound by PNB Print, Latvia