The art object in front of the building of the future branch of the Tretyakov Gallery (repairers are now putting the finishing touches here, the opening is scheduled for 2023) was created from wood that was specially brought to the city on the Volga from the forest. by Nikola-Lenivets. So, the cube was created in accordance with the ideas of environmental friendliness from natural materials. Its author, the artist Nikolai Polissky, is a bright representative of art, creating outside the walls of the exhibition. His works stand out for their scale and harmony with nature. Over the past 13 years, Polissky has presented his objets d’art in Moscow, Perm, St. Petersburg, Luxembourg, Paris, Miami, and Barcelona. Now they will also decorate Samara. And as the organizers of the action hope, such events will become a new tradition of the Tretyakov Gallery in the city.
Every year, art objects by contemporary Russian artists will be placed in front of the Factory-Kitchen building. And as part of this New Year’s project, those who wish will also be able to listen to talks on the topic of art in an urban environment.
The “Suprematist Cube” refers to a variety of art movements from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. Its shape is Kazimir Malevich’s square translated into volume. The geometric structure of the painted logs – lattice, one of the main modernist models for the construction of paintings and sculptures. Combining conceptual geometrism and emphatically natural natural material in the tradition of Italian Arte Povera (the art of “poor” materials), the artist further complicates form by introducing color to it. His sculpture draws attention mainly for its color.
Polissky plays with the viewer’s perception: from a distance, a painted log cut looks like a round stain of colors, and uneven wooden surfaces look like expressive strokes. Just as the impressionists, by placing dots of different colors next to each other, achieved a completely new perception of the viewer, Polissky creates a large-scale form in the urban space, which acts as a picture.