Exactly a century ago, Evgeny Zamyatin published his novel “We”, which later served as a source of inspiration for the books by Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, 1932) and George Orwell (1984, 1949). In the same crucial historical period of time, Kazimir Malevich plunged into the study of the infinite space of the human skull and began to create a neo-Suprematist “unified system of world architecture of the earth”. In 2020, which has been a significant and not an easy year for all mankind, the artist Alexander Nikolenko presents his art project “WE” in the Art Square gallery in St.-Petersburg.
The art project develops the theme of the Golden Age exhibition, which was held two years ago in the House of Journalists in St.-Petersburg. Сommunication crisis, primarily interpersonal and social, acquired particular relevance in 2020. He created most of his works in the technique of oil painting on paper, combining both organic and mechanistic motives. Immersion in the topic of human schematic portraits and profiles reflects the author’s perception of transhumanist concepts.
Neo-Suprematist archetypes and symbols in communication are the central line of the presented works of art by Alexander Nikolenko. The artist dedicated them to the characters of Zamyatin’s novels. As fate would have it, the artist gained 30 years of experience in the field of not only contemporary art, but also VR and digital modernization. This crucial year 2020 Alexander Nikolenko conveys a warning message to humanity through his paintings, which can be noted in the novel “We”: the growing risks of destruction of the organic unity of logic and compassion in society.
Art historical support and museum scenographyprovider of the “We” art project – Rimma Kirillova, art historian, member of the Association for Art History (UK).
In preparation of “WE” art project texts and science articles by Patricial Reiling, PhD, President of the International Chamber of Russian Modernism, InCoRM (UK) were used.
Special thanks to Platon Kuzmin and Dmitry Girin.