by Alexandra Osadkova17 June '18
Oil Painting Reflecting on The Shadow Side of Ideology
We hear the word ‘revolution’ so often these days: technological revolution, urban revolution, dozens of political ‘revolutions.’ And it’s not just because of the ‘fashionability’ of the term. The very idea of the possibility to improve the world is the key to the formation of humanity itself, as our species evolved constantly conquering unfavorable natural conditions.
The contemporary artist dedicates the oil painting to this large-scale subject. The author asks us and himself:
Ideology is about changes. Therefore, representing the subject cannot be static. The abstract art master needs no slogans, no obvious manifestations, and no for visually recognizable characters for that. He chooses active, free-flowing forms interlacing with each other, shaping up the pulsating irregular ‘conglomerate'. That conglomerate is about to fall apart, yet it is kept together by the resistance of the ‘outer’ space - the aggressively liberate, expressively rendered background. Revolutions are always the ‘reaction’ to the situation - they ‘dismantle’ a system to replace it with the new one.
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Along with the positive transformational aspect of revolutionary ideology, the artist is interested in showing its shadow side. At a certain point, the ideology often becomes the frozen, static system that starts defending itself, trying to overcome other types of view and oppress anyone, who’s doubting its principle. The tragic samples of the Stalinist regime are more than a convincing illustration of the point.
Virtosu is enthralled by the way idea sprouts itself in people’s mind and then emerge in its full power, uniting masses. The tremendous potential of the revolutionary ideology can be severe. Yet, it is almost impossible to resist. Resisting changes are resisting life.