SOMETIMES A WORK FACES A CHOICE: BECOME A WORK OF THE AUTHOR OR BECOME A WORK OF ART. STANISŁAW JERZY LEC
IVAN GORSHKOV. UNTITLED. 2015

IVAN GORSHKOV. UNTITLED. 2015

Metal, welding, acrylic and aerosol paint

Ivan Gorshkov is an artist from Voronezh who frequently works in the genre of abstract sculpture. The recurrent motif of his artwork is the inner conflict, the confrontation between two polarities, e.g., between the attractive and the repulsive.

As a part of the project for Zarya Artist-in-Residence Program, the artist created this sculpture at the rooftop of the overhead passageway. The quasi-anthropomorphic creature is supposed to incite a whole bunch of instantly overlapping and transforming associations in a viewer’s mind. It may seem to be a romantic hero, or a loathsome gargoyle that guards the territory of the factory.

The bizarre figure is at the same time very lightweight and very still, and its look appeals not only to our visual perception but also to other senses. You may be sure that the sculpture’s lusciously sweet colors will remind you of a half-melted ice-cream on a hot summer day.