09 (03) 2021
Mixed media on Chiffon
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About the work:
Atjom Chepovetskyy‘s artistic process is characterized by a cross-media examination of essential questions about the painting medium. This research allowed him to develop an experimental approach employing unusual materials, such as chiffon, a transparent textile. With chiffon, the artist explores the boundaries of painting, challenging the medium’s bidimensionality, thus expanding the medium‘s limits through the experimental use of color and material.
Chepovetskyy finds inspiration for his paintings in the urban space. He focuses on the fragile aesthetics of artificial and naturally occurring traces, patterns, and forms in his work and transfers them into abstraction. He is primarily concerned with transferring an object‘s „external“ form into a new context. Chepovetskyy artistic approach echoes Plato‘s allegory of the cave.
Plato illustrates this central idea in “Politeia” through a dialogue between Socrates and a student. Following Plato, Socrates relates the story of the prisoners of an underground dungeon who construct their own “objective“ reality by looking at the shadows of passing objects on the wall. In this context, a thing in the Aristotelian sense is a substance. This consists of two different principles, form and matter, which equally constitute the content.
Chepovetskyy‘s works also explore form and content when removed from the original context and transferred into a new one. In his paintings, the Ukrainian-born artist embarks on a search for new forms that are (apparently) still free of content. The transfer of form into a new context reveals a field of tension between the creative and the rational and serves as the starting point of his creative process.
Artjom Chepovetskyy, born 1984 in Odessa, studied philosophy at the Johannes-Gutenberg University and fine arts at the Art Academy in Mainz. He lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.
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