Artist Alexey Chernigin
oil on canvas, 90x160cm 2013
“Against the stream” oil on canvas, 90x160cm 2013
It happens that the work is over, but over time you begin to feel that it is spinning inside you again, catching images, accelerating the flywheel. This means that this idea has the potential for something more. For example, I already have a whole series of works on the theme of carrying the cross.
Initially, I tried to imagine what a modern icon might look like, written not according to the canon, not on a blackboard, and not by a monk. I wanted to see the majestic in the simple, ordinary, everyday. To see His face in the crowd, to accidentally notice his mournful figure, flashing between the rushing streams of cars. Or freeze, looking at him in the rearview mirror. This is how the painting “Against the Current” appeared. First of all, I wanted to emphasize the impossibility of what is happening from our usual point of view. The cars in the picture are arranged in such a way that a collision should occur in the next second. But at the same time, we see that so far it has not happened. That is, either this phenomenon has just arisen, it is momentary, like a flash … Or vice versa, this figure moves in eternity, and all these cars, roads, bridges, exist only here and now. This is a very personal work, people perceive it differently. I do not decipher my messages and do not give simple answers, everyone is free to find them for himself.