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Boris Zoubkous
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: "HAPPY ART HISTORY! " Life is a conspiracy of the alarm clocks. Metaphysical alarm clocks.No major moves of the gnosiological tectonic plates are possible before the time is right. The phenomenon of Culture (material, spiritual, cognitive, linguistic ) accepts new forms of expressions (or any forms of expressions for that matter) only when the horizontal (material)plane of the historical developement meets its vertical (spiritual, mental, genius) plane. The sparks that are produced by the clash of these metaphysical crossing planes are the punctuation marks of the time itself. The amplitude of the human awakeness is documented in Art and Literature. If we look inside the transparent parenthesis of the Art History, we can enjoy a little show: out of all the cultivators of Art and Beauty (for a moment we will imagine them as naive children actors in a School Drama), one participant stands out. Among the simple hearted cheers of the relatives of the children actors and the kind audience, mesmerized by the goofy cuteness of the act, suddenly our eyes meet the cold steel of the unblinking stare of the big shot theatrical critic from the capital city,who accidently walked in on the little unprofessional show. Critic Death in the Kindergarten tragicomedy. In the case of Art, that critic is the Art History. The one that speaks with the epitaphic weight and cosmic accent, - Deus ex machina in the global amature hide and seek game show, Alpha of Diagnostics and Omega of Sentencing for the artists. How one artist can withstand the tremendous ruthless pressure of the Art Historical traditions, demands, expectations of its strict system of coordinates? Good question. In my humble artistic practice I've tried to associate myself (artist) with the Art History itself as a metaphysical entity, as in a joke (or not a joke) about job interview in a Big Law Firm, where prospective employees were shown a picture of the mutilated shark victims, armed shark hunters and sharks, all swimming together, and the correct answer to the interviewer's question"Who do you associate yourself with on this picture?" was "With the sharks." Low and behold, I've tried to dissolve myself in the Art History philosophically and metaphysically, becoming one with it in order to be able to to try to find Art History in me and me in the Art History, - akin the true story about a French writer Guy de Maupassant, who could not stand the look of the Eiffel Tower, which was the the tallest structure in the world at that moment, and was seen from any spot in Paris, but Maupassant would spend hours every evening in Eiffel Tower's restaurant and even would write his books there, and when asked "Why do you spend so much time in the Eiffel Tower if you hate it so much?", the writer answered :"Because it is the only place in Paris from which I don't see the Eiffel Tower." Thus my self inflicted Art History syndrome ensued. Thus "Happy Art History!" theme started. I've opened the brackets of chronological (recorded) Art History from Cave Art to the imaginary first Art Gallery that will be opened on the other planet. I formulated as the organising principle of my Art Historical approach the unseeming tandem of symbiotic mutualism of the two Slavic Artists Malevich and Warhol, two most significant and influential artists of the 20th century. Malevich took Art to the fantastic, uber beyond the earthly boundaries, lofty abyss of the timeless, other world dimension, and another Slavic genius Warhol documented Art as a commodity item, price tagged, mass produced,gift wrapped, advertised, hyped and ready for the mass consumption by the elite masses. One artist is mister Deep Beyond, the other one is mister Deeply Superficial.Interdependent co-evolution. The enigma of the Slavic soul. Cheers! Drunk with the spiritual euphoria, my legs wobbly from the epiphanic bravura, I trudged through the nooks and crannies of the Art History,gleaning the primordial impulses of the Cave Art, Children Art, ritualistic art practices, shadows of the smoke in the mirrors of the conceptual art (shiny detail: while I was at it, I lost my teeth to poverty, I worn the falling apart fake leather boots for several years, while teaching Art to psychiatric patients, criminals, in elderly homes, to deaf and blind, in New York public schools, dumping couple hundred of my art works on the street due to the unresolved financial and social obstacles of being an immigrant artist, living in a monastery for two years and painting icons, some of which were canonised by the official Church. The enigma of the Russian immigrant artist in the West. Cheers!). Overdosed on the Art History vaccine, I've discovered some Jungian archetypes in Art: 1)Desire to create (most artists on the planet are children,- overlooked Art Historical fact, it is much later when many of them grow up to be all calculating unimaginative a-holes. 2)Desire to copy, fake, buy or steal something famous. 3) Desire to be famous . Over the years of the conceptual dissolving myself in the Art History and the Art History dissolving in me,I worked out several principal points for the creation of the "Happy Art History!" body of work: 1)Art History is a first and final commissioner and customer of the artist. 2)Art History is a merciless elite scientific puzzle, where artist should find or create a personal nook or niche. 3)Heart Art History, or Art History will Middle Finger You. 4)All famous artists started as unknown. 5)The work of Art is priceless, but you need to sell it for as much as possible. 6)(optional)if you are an artist from Siberia, make a t-shirt with the bigstatement "YES, IT IS COLD IN SIBERIA." to prevent the inevitable question. 7)"Unknown Artist" can be the the term applied to the Creator, or in some translations g. o. d. 8) Happy Art History!Boris Zoubkous. New York. 2012
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ARTIST RESUME:


Artist

Boris Zoubkous. Born Siberia, Russia.

Education :

New York Academy of Fine Arts Graduate School of Figurative Art. MFA Painting.


Independent study with Eric Fischl:1999-2000-2001.
New York academy of Art - Master class in Painting with Jenny Saville. 2000.

Massachusetts College of Art. BFA Painting. Boston MA 1996-1998

University of Utah. Painting Program. Salt Lake City, Utah 1993-1995.

University of Novosibirsk. Siberia,Russia. World’sPhilology 1989-1991.

Moscow Institute of Technology. Russia.Constructions and Durability. 1987-89

High School# 25 Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. Diploma. 1977-1987

Art School Kaleidoscope. Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. 1977-1980.

Auctions:

Sotheby’s Tel-Aviv.December 1999 Sotheby’s Certificate of sale.
Sotheby’s Chicago. January 2000. Sotheby’s Certificate of Sale.
Sotheby’s Vienna. February 2000. Sotheby’s Certificate of Sale.
Full-color Sotheby’s auctions catalogue available upon request.
On Line Auctions : www.artlinkink.com February2000.
Sotheby‘s online Auctions: www.sothebys.com August 30th-September20th. 2000.Sotheby’s International Art Auction. Sales, June 2001.December 2002.

Solo Exhibitions :
New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art. April 2001.
Museum d'Art Modern d'Unet, Bordeaux, France 1998.

Represented by David Bowie Art. 2001-4 Group Exhibitions New York Academy of Art 1999-2000-2001
Credit Suisse Financial Systems, NY. NY. 2000.

Zeitgeist Gallery,Cambridge MA.1998
Represented by Agora Gallery, NY. 1996-1997.
6th National Juried Exhibition. Viridian Gallery,NY. 1995.

Siberian Art Shows , Novosibirsk, Russia. 1985-86-87-88.

State Comissions : Massachussets Emergency Management Agency (Murals) 1999.

Publications :

Sotheby’s &Artlink Catalogue 1999.
"IRONY AND COMPASSION. CATASTROPHIC CUTENESS OF THE WORLD." CATALOGUE 2011.
"HAPPY ART HISTORY !" CATALOGUE 2012.
"MAMA LIKE!" CATALOGUE 2012.

1999.Manhattan Arts International Magazine. Winter issue1995. Artists in the 90’s section


Awards :
NYFA Deserving Artist's Award 2001.
International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England. 2000 outstanding artists and designers of the 20th century-diploma. 1999.One work is chosen by Lisa Dennison, Curator of the Guggenheim Museum for the participation in the National Juried Exhibition1995.
Musee’ D’Unet France. Artist of the year award 1997.Award winner in the 1995 Manhattan Arts International Magazine Cover Competition.

 








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