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Silver Illusions project Walking through the great rooms of Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia some time ago, we stumbled upon a… 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
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Cardboard Woman                                      
Drawing, pencil on paper, 68/76” (173/193 cm)
Cardboard Woman                                     
Oil on canvas, 68/76” (173/193 cm)
Alchemists
Drawing, pencil on paper, 78/57” (198/145 cm)
Alchemists
Oil on canvas, 78/57” (198/145 cm)
Un Fauteuil Ancien 
Drawing, pencil on paper, 45/63" (114/160 cm)
Un Fauteuil Ancien 
Oil on canvas, 12K white gold (3D), 45/63" (114/160 cm)
Nine Pigeons                                                            
Drawing, pencil on paper, 62/61” (157/155 cm)
Nine Pigeons                                                           
Oil on canvas, 62/61” (157/155 cm)
Butterfly Catchers                                       
Drawing, pencil on paper, 68/52” (173/132 cm)
Butterfly Catchers                                      
Oil on canvas, 68/52” (173/132 cm)
Demoiselle
Drawing, pencil on paper, 58/36" (147/91 cm)
Demoiselle
Oil on canvas, 12K white gold leaf, 58/36" (147/91 cm)