The rapid spread of urban life is now visible throughout the planet. In the last century the built environment has grown ever taller and denser and daily life is now physically framed through an architectural lens. Architectural frames create a layered, multi-faceted vision of the world around us. Edges of buildings, voids, windows, doors, power-lines and car windshields provide this framing for us to look through. Architecture is experienced through a secondary frame of ever more architecture, creating a fragmented framework of cement steel and glass, a common vision for the urban citizen.
Conceptually, my work is concerned with this fragmented vision of architectural layering and perceptions of the built environment. Formally, the work is engaged with the direct experience of the viewer through “perspectival” illusion and spatial perception that play with the subconscious and cognitive understanding of space. By breaking logical perspectives I create illusions of impossible spaces, non-places that shift the viewpoint to the panoptic.
My background itself is rooted in change. Born and raised in the USSR, my understanding of rules, social status and human abilities were redefined when I moved to New York City. I learned to adapt and observe things carefully and move fluidly throughout my surroundings. Due to my personal history, I possess an amalgam of opposing belief systems, within which I constantly struggle to find refuge. Yet to find this refuge, I have thus far traveled to over a dozen countries and lived in several states. Within my travels and observations I have witnessed the homogenization of culture though increasing globalization. I question and study these changes by exploring population and architectural growth through aesthetics of design and urbanism. My work focuses on the perception of systems and attempts to tether seen and unseen forces acting upon the urban narrative.
Residency: October 2013 - January 2014
Art Exhibition: Friday, January 24 & Saturday, January 25
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