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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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