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Interview with photographer Dusya Sobol

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Irina Rusinovich

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Dusya Sobol

Interview with photographer Dusya Sobol

How did you get into photography?

I came to photography after I’ve been trained as an artist in Saint Petersburg Art
School Nicholas Roerich and Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy. I drew
a lot, was engaged in painting and design, but after a while I found a new
language for my ideas expression in photography. For over 17 years I’ve been in
love with this profession.

How would you define beauty in а paragraph or less?

One of the most important words for me is “beauty”. I can find it anywhere,
whether it’s a graphic monochrome of ancient building facades or freckles
gradient on the face of my model. Due to this ability, I easily find an inspiration
for the new projects and try to implement them as soon as possible.

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your passion?

My profession helps to combine art and travel, various shooting techniques and the
craziest ideas, colour and graphics. Since I discovered a black and white photo and
manually printed my first photo, I realized that this is a long term relationship.

Tell us about the spaces within which you live and work.

I am fed by two cities — St. Petersburg and Berlin. First one is my hometown and
second is a city of my dreams, where I’m lucky to live now. I also travel to Reykjavik,
New York and Paris quite often. These cities give me strength and energy to create.

Do you have a routine or rituals as you work? 

Preparation for the shooting is very important for me: reference, location, light,
colour, style, detail and mood — i pay a lot of attention to all aspects. During the
working process I am very focused and I try to control everything. But only till the
middle of the shoot. Because after the main tasks are solved and everyone exhaled
I can shoot more freely and relaxed. Usually the truth is somewhere in between.

How would you define your personal aesthetic?

My aesthetics is subject to periods: now it is the purity of lines, idealism, harmony,
softness, a search for the decisive moment in combination with skill and
professionalism.

How important is the presentation of your work?

Presentation is also very important. During my work, I’ve built a strong brand that
clearly works in Russia. If this is a commercial project, the output is high-quality
printing, branding and a beautiful package. If this is an exhibition, I will arrange it
personally, because usually I know for sure what result i want to get.

Which artist of the past would you most like to meet?

My pipe dream is to get acquainted with Irving Penn, to assist him on the set to
understand his thinking process when he creates a picture. The versatility of his
work and periods — creative, commercial and magazine, his life and career path
are ideal for me at the moment. I am also inspired by artistic works of Auguste
Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian.

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

Before starting the work, I always collect a reference, seek the the colour I
paintings, I look over contemporary art works. I form a team of like-minded
people for each shooting separately. I try to do my best.

What advice would you give to a young artist following in your steps?

The main advice for a junior photographer is the same as for a junior artist. Shoot,
watch, burn and shoot again. Search for your own style, handwriting, language of
embodiment. When you have something to say in art, the rest is just a matter of
time.

Text Editor in Chief Irina Rusinovich
Follow Dusya Sobol @dusiasobol  Dusiasobol.com

Textile Designer: Melody Hesaraky „POSTPONED“

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Textile Designer: Melody Hesaraky "POSTPONED"

Inspired by the current situation in New York City these illustrations are portraying how it feels to be quarantined. Everything I have been reading lately starts with “ Due to COVID-19.. IT IS CANCELED“
It is time to be sensible and inspire each other.

POSTPONED

SOUND OF SILENCE

like my other illustrations music was one of the leading forces while creating these illustrations. This time at home on my headphones! But it was still piowerful and magical.

Music has created impetus and inspiration for this series of my fashion illustrations. I wished to produce a pure and transcendental art form and not just use a familiar image! I use music as an analogy or metaphor in my designs and artistic expression. By listening to music and emulating it in my work, I have discovered unconventional techniques in my pattern designs and art-making approach. Like music, my work was created from the depth of my inner self and the purest way to express this is letting the rhythm leads what I draw.

POSTPONED

DISTANCE RESISTANCE

COVID-19

These fashion illustrations are visually communicating the magic of music. You can perhaps dream without words and fly through time and space without moving by looking at them. Some of them were created in different music venues while listening to the music and some are the results of remembering that experience.

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Interview with Artist of the Month MAKSIM KROKIN

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Interview with Artist of the Month MAKSIM KROKIN

MAXIM KROKIN was born 08/10/1993 in Rostov-on-Don in Russia. At the age of 9
he followed his mother in Naples in Italy where he spent most of his youth ages.
During his teenage years he was involved in a underground scene of skateboarding,
electronic music and graffiti between Naples and Rome. After the High school he
decided to move to Berlin with a desire to become a Music producer and DJ. During
the last 5 years making music in Berlin some how he started to spend more time
working on the covers for his future releases than on music itself, this was a
breaking point in his life where he get caught form art. Some times you will find his
art funny full of colors and some times criticizing the modern society.

How did you get into art? Whats your definition of beauty?
harmony between colors and and right proportions

Tell us about the spaces within which you live and work .
small topical Berlin apartment suffering to find daily light.

Do you have a routine or rituals as you work?
not really but before i start i usually take a cup of coffee

How would you describe the colour palette of your art?
punch in the face. no to be honest i like to very and experiment
new combinations but if i have to define it i would say “warm
and bright”.

Which artist of the past would you most like to meet?
Jean-Marc Côté

What visual references do you draw upon in your work?
old comix and advertising signs but also photography

Do you find that BERLIN art scene inspires or influences your art?
yes specially Berlin’s street art inspires me a lot.

ARTIST STATEMENT
As an artist is really hard for me to explain wich art movement i belong to, i like to vary but most of my works are divided in abstract and satire pop art.
I like to observe and sometimes to represent some aspects of our everyday life using some kind of humor. i want to suggest to the viewer to think about some aspects of out society and about our moral values in a modern society.
The keywords of my art are satire and colors. Talking about the colors i have to say that i spend a lot of time to decide wich color combination to use and find the right balance between bright and dark.
One of my Inspirations resource are old comics and advertising posters, but i also like to let my self inspire from photography and from some of the artist of the past centuries.

visual artist Rachele Moscatelli Femme

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artist of the week: visual artist Rachele Moscatelli "Femme"
Rachele Moscatelli (Cantù, 1993) She graduated cum laude in Graphics in 2016 with a thesis proposed for publication by the professor
Andrea B. Del Guercio. She earned cum laude her M.A. in Graphics with a thesis titled “Estetica della mancanza. Studio di un paradosso e della sua rivelazione” with the curator Angela Madesani as thesis-advisor. She is now living and working in Milan where she is collaborating with the Art Gallery Studio d’Arte Cannaviello. She is also coworking with visual design studios to realize installations, animations and exhibition projects.
The artist is strongly linked to painting, collage, calcographic engraving, monotype and digital photographic manipulation, techniques that relate her decisive sign and chromatic components. Her work is on female identity, sometimes without prejudice but never ideological. The ancient is the basis
for many of her works, the ultramodern is revealed instead in the linguistic overturn that breaks the images and leaves them floating in an aseptic or
made of signs space. Her subjects come from the world of fashion.

She gives a sensitive attention to the surface of her figures obtained by repeated overlapped color layers. The skin is not only the object, the theme, the texture, but the support on which she works, turning those surfaces into something alive. As if the paper or the canvas were interwoven with pores, due to an intrinsic need to breathe. it is important for her to find that impression of life that makes something more than a creation, and it makes it almost a creature.

Recently she has discovered and cultivated a strong closeness with the world of the artist’s books and adopted them as an expressive medium. Recently her work has been published in Kunst Magazine, Nicotine Magazine and in the other magazine. She has particularly approached the world of digital and of illustrated animation, so that she creates an hybrid between analogic and digital techniques, always looking for an aesthetic that creates a suc cessful integration and a compromise between the two.

FEMME
Femme is a portraits’s series entirely made with collage. Female figures are here manipulated through the use of repeated layers of color or colored cardboards applied on the faces of these figures in order to transform them into modern icons or pop masks. The layering of materials represents the progressive accumulation of the artist’s thoughts and ideas. Each figure thus takes shape layer by layer.
Tecnique: collage (12 Portraits)
misure: 21,6 x 29,6 cm.
Year: 2018
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