The Hearts Series by Vladimir Nazarov
About the Exhibition: Love In Third Person
Through Love in Third Person the viewer is invited to take an examination of one’s love experiences as seen through the eyes of an outsider. Looking at the work one encounters the rare opportunity to be silent witness and hear their very own hearts. Each work represents a stage, a pleasure, a choice or boulder obstructing the flow of one’s emotions. When all trials are over, one is left with renewed insight into their past and vision for their future through a sense of calm yet caring detachment. Removed from their role as players in the love spectacle, the viewers are thrust into the persona of the audience and granted a momentary period of mute contemplation before returning to the stage once again. What will the next act bring?
About The Hearts Series:
Vladimir Nazarov’s HEARTS series offers a set of subtle meditations on movement, spacing, color and design. Strikingly expressive in his use of symbolism, Nazarov’s poignant, neo-pop classics challenge the viewer’s common associations and inspire new ways of looking.
In dealing with such an ancient symbol, charged with layers and layers of popular associations, Nazarov boldly ushers in a new way of looking at the heart. As popular icon, the ubiquity of the heart shape is riddled with commercial meanings – Valentine’s Day, the saccharine emotional sale, and surely, the consumer fetish. Do we accept these meanings at face value, or let art and the inner creator take us deeper? In what ways has the commercial marketplace succeeded in monopolizing symbols such as the heart, to our cultural detriment? At what point does the symbol make servants of its human creators?
While the historical use of the heart shape sheds much light on its timeless potentiality, in Nazarov’s contemporary depiction, these bright, larger than life paintings infuse the symbol with alternative associations. Amongst a range of visual meanings, seen from various angles and sides the heart shape morphs. It could be male genitalia, or the cosmic egg. Vibrant in effect, the hearts appear to hop right off the canvas. In cases were Nazarov paints the hearts with use of color gradation, they simply radiate out from all sides.
Acrylic On Canvas