PAINTINGS OF NIGHT SKY - CONSTELLATION SERIES - ALEXANDRA PAPERNO

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ALEXANDRA PAPERNO
“Lepus”, from the “Star Maps” series
2003
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 120 cm


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I really like these paintings by Alexandra Paperno. Alexandra was born in Moscow, studied art in New York at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and currently resides in Moskow.  In Constellation Series Alexandra paints night sky, star maps and stars. Vladimir Levashov writes about her work : her paintings are set on the “borderline between abstraction and figurativeness, between the image of an object and the interpretation of its attributes. However, it is not always exactly the maps. Sometimes it is a globe, sometimes – just a single star. The star, however, may as well turn out to be the “Grey sun”. Not a point, but a tondo (a professional term), a circle, expressively painted over with the most low-key, the most complicated colour. It so happens that the sun is not exactly the sun, and the stars are more like points, celestial nebula – coloristic surfaces, but altogether – it represents sheer painting. Nevertheless, it is not “merely painting”, not a superficial formalism, but a huge mass of deeply emotional substance. It is the very thing, which the night sky represents for each of us: fairytale, mysterious and inaccessibly sublime. And the best art for it is nothing else but a map”


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July 07, 2009