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Waste of Barkovskiy’s brain

Written by on Friday, 22 February 2013
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent is hosting the exhibition of one of the most interesting media artists of Uzbekistan, working with photography, collage, lithography and video art. Few works of Alexander Barkovskiy will take part at “Sotheby’s” auction this year

All works, that was shown  at “Art and Fact” gallery in Tashkent, united under the general concept of “Waste of the brain.”

Alexander works in different genres – such as collage, lithography, photography, video art, even directing a documentary films. At this exhibition he decided to present works from different periods of his life. Characters and themes of his paintings and photographs – cityscapes, crazy people, gypsies, neo-social-realism, and more.

As for the techniques, what I’m doing for this moment, are basically, video art, photography and collage. I am very interested in technology of photography and I am trying to develop it. At first i made ​​photographs of objects, then made collages using Photoshop software then printed it using the printer or manual printing technique of lithography. Then the obtained prints are processed in monotype technique: scratches, glue, water, different colors (watercolor, gouache, acrylic). Combination of photos with subsequent manual processing is my style, I wonder – said Alexander Barkovsky

Alexander Barkovsky has not presented at this exhibition works from his most famous “Gypsy Madonnas” series, explaining that the theme of the series is different from the idea of ​​the exhibition “Waste of the brain.” However, several works of “Gypsy Madonna” were selected by Sotheby’s curators to auction “Contemporary Art of the Caucasus and Central Asia”, which will be held from 4 to 12 March in London. This is a great success for the artist from Uzbekistan, especially at this level of his young career.

Here are some works of Alexander Barkovsky from “Waste of the brain” exhibition, as well as a small photo-reportage (photos Svetlana Ten):

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  • steven says:

    Seriously, how long will some (actually quite a few) modern artists keep making the same piece of “art” over and over again? Pop culture references in a new frame, wow, I am dazzled.

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    Sanjar Reply:

    @steven,
    Well, Steven. I’m agree with your opinion. But in Uzbekistan even pop-art is revolutionary style of art. Still like in 1960-s.
    If you will take a look on what 90% of Uzbek artist draws (especially all members of government Union of artist) – you will see, that they are still close-minded in best traditions of socialistic realism.
    So, for Uzbekistan this exhibition is fresh. For the Europe or USA – just repetition of the past, there is nothing to say.

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  • steven says:

    Hi Sanjar,

    I see what you mean, it makes sense. But I don’t agree with the artist, who is simply copying from what he saw in Europe/USA. But I understand this is commercial art that sells well, also in Uzbekistan, and artists need to make a living too.

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    Sanjar Reply:

    @steven,
    Well, i’m agree too, that we can see a lot of “copy-paste” style art in this works. But, please, don’t think, that this art is commercial. It’s most uncommercial art in whole Uzbekistan. I know Barkovskiy close, and maybe he is poorest man that i know. Oldschool-artist without money, work, nice home and other stuff.

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  • steven says:

    Hi Sanjar,

    …I’m starting to understand. I would like to know a bit more. Can I contact you? You can reach me through the contact page on my website.

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  • Sanjar says:

    I has sent message to you through your website

    Reply

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