Istanbul / turkey
the wall art gallery
Solo show
Refraction (2022)
In previous Andrey Novikov's projects called Gravity and Cultural Layer, he explored a human longing for ancient, mythical creatures, and a wish to escape from the ruined world with a miracolus intervention of a hero. As the next step of these projects, Refraction (Kırılma) shows the drowning human in a sea of mass consumption while witnessing the gradual collapse of today's world -globally resembling a hopeless ruin.

In Novikov's works, the authentic streets and landmarks of historical cities, having witnessed the glory as well as the fall of different civilizations throughout their history, are depicted in imaginary, ecclectic forms. In the Refraction (Kırılma) exhibition, the ancient beauty of Istanbul, and the gigantic figures reflecting its caotic metropolitan identity, are seen waiting, in search of a better world as they are surrounded with the treasures of the past and the rapid transformations brought by technology.

Rather than just catching the quick, ignorant glimpse of today's easily distracted viewers, Novikov aims to immobilize them in front of his cinematographic paintings. Glittering, colorful, attractive, intriguing compositions on the surface easily succeeds in getting the viewers' attention, while simultaneously pulling them into the tragic reality hidden in the vividly shining canvases. The remarkable architectural details given in the backgrounds, dramatic use of light and the imaginary figures that are deliberately constructed in surreal dimensions, inconsistent with their surroundings, are reminiscent of modern Hollywood visual effects. However, each of his works, also carries a message that goes beyond a movie scene to be consumed with popcorns. Rather than resembling images that pass in front of the viewer like objects in a social media feed, they express the current status of humanity, lost in the whirlpools of cultural consumption.

Today's modern population has become accustomed to watch even war itself, like a colorful movie scene. By utilizing the same mechanism that make people absorb disasters, Novikov hopes to draw the viewer's attention to the superflous reality of today's media. Refraction (Kırılma) aims to reflect the tragedy in the indifference of modern people and invites to acknowledge this human condition despite the depressive feeling that it would bring, so that they would eventually become the heroes of their own future.

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