Secondary Cultures: Youth and The Middle Age of Eastern European Plains I-II
|Artist:||Raoul Kurvitz (1961 - )|
|Title:||Secondary Cultures: Youth and The Middle Age of Eastern European Plains I-II|
wood, glass, plants, textile
|Description:||Raoul Kurvitz combines ideology and mythology, history and philosophy with his experience of different art forms, materials and techniques. It is as if he is exercising an endless ritual that does not belong to any particular religion, social disposition or outlook of the world, but is tied to several of them. “Raoul Kurvitz' work feeds on oppositions that create sharp conflicts that in turn become the solution for some other conflict."* Yet these existential and timeless works are closely tied to the experience of ‘here and now', to a presence of one historical moment, geographical point or cultural space. “There is no need to subject Kurvitz to one single principle of interpretation - a variety of semiotic chains are allowed, and even the lack of them. Interpretation can flow in all directions, exactly like the nettle in Kurvitz's series of works “Secondary Cultures: The Youth and Middle Age of Eastern European Plains I-II". "These Eastern European landscapes are, in essence, rhizoid heterogenous realities."** They can be interpreted biologically - nettle as a rhizoid plant; as a political metaphor - Eastern Europe as the land of weed or, for example, a metaphor for landscape; through the body - as “Flowers of Evil"*** that leave a physical mark on the body; or simply as a handicraft technique, as an absurd plant-basketwork etc."
* Heie Treier, Raoul Kurvitz. - Estonian Artists I. Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 1998, p. 73.
** Anders Härm, Post-Apocalyptic Egogenesis. Kurvitz´s Fleurs du Mal. - Estonian Art, 1999, p. 11.
*** Fleurs du mal - title of the scandalous collection of poems by Charles Baudelaire, published in 1857; the romanticized decadence of the work denotes the significant alteration of the concept of “beauty", its association with essential evil.
|Related categories:||Contemporary Art|
|Copyright notice:||Art Museum of Estonia|
|AME collection:||Contemporary Art Collection|
|Collection number:||FV 137/1-2|
|Accretion number:||EKM j 49611/1-2|
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