(The Russian name for the oil color "cinnabar imitation", as it appears on the package label)
Author: Veaceslav Druta
The project was announced during the CarbonART 1999 summer camp
"KINOVARI-cinnabar (HgS), mercury sulfate-oxide chemical element (crystalline rock)
of a reddish color. It is used to produce the oil color. Since it is unstable when exposed
to air (it oxidizes easily and loses its color), the artificially produced analog color is
used in painting. We have known it by its Russian version "Kinovari-imitatsia".
So I decided to call the project by the same name, "KINOVARI-IMITATSIA".
The low level of the classes on the history of this century's art has had adverse
repercussions on the education of young artists. This drawback in the artistic education
is a consequence of a shortage of teachers, insufficient teachings aids, etc.
"KINOVARI-IMITATSIA" is a contribution to making up for the shortage of
information (on the art of the 20th century) by means of an art project based on
"copying" or "imitating" works of art made by 20th century artists.
"Copying" is a process often used by art students to learn the techniques of
producing a work of art. However, I've not interested in studying the techniques used with
a certain medium as much as to learn, identify, or understand deeper a movement or an
artist. I've called on artists to make copies of art works of their choice from various
periods of this century, and then sign them as authors. The copies will be accompanied by
text, which will explain the reason for choosing a particular work of art and describe the
whole work process. I will not limit myself only to copies of "objectual art"; I
will also accept to our collection performance, action, video, and other ephemerical
The collection of copies will be then exhibited, and later I'll provide continuity to it
by "commissioning" new works from arts students and established artists.
The first place in this project, made by Lilia Dragneva, Lucia Macari together with
American artist Bradley Adams, was an "imitation" (copy) of a photograph by Man
Ray depicting Marcel Duchamp dressed as Rrose Selavy. In the copy
Marcel Duchamp was replaced by Bradley Adams, who came up with the idea to change also the
title into PapiRrose Selavy,
which translates phonetically from Russian (papirosa means cigarette) and French as
"Cigarette is Life". An interesting coincidence that suggested this idea to them
was the physical resemblance of the two artists and the same date of birth - both were
born on the 28th of July. This was also a possibility for them to use our fantasy in
developing the subject's clothing, since fashion design was their main subject of study at
the Arts University.
There were some proposals of copying some masterpieces by some native and foreigner
I've decided to make a copy by myself, in order to give a good example.
It is the Marcel
Duchamp's bicycle wheel, the third variant (New York, 1951)
Assembling: a metallic wheel, 25,5d. monted on a wooden stool, 23,75., total 50,5d.
Museum of Modern Art from New York. Sydney's and Harried Janis's collection.
> Part I: participants
Alesencov / Melnic
Dragneva / Macari
Scerbina Igor (Fazya)
Verlan Mark (Marioka Son of The Rain)