Art and music complementing each other, the soul of place and unique atmosphere – on July 22th the Art Platform in the courtyard of culture centre “Festivalny” was open for the second time.
That evening was in memory of the great soviet bard singer Vladimir Vysocki. At the same time the exhibition of modern artist Anton Tsibizov works started. We know a lot about Vysocki, but, in contrast, the name of the talented artist from Grodno sounds new and unfamiliar. So who is he?
– Tell us about your creative path, please.
– It started in family. My father, grandfather, grandmother were artists and influenced my interests. But they were more painters while I was attracted by black and white, monochrome art. So I fell in love with graphics. Even when I tried paints my drawings looked more restrained, close to grisaille. I graduated from Grodno art college and then continued my education at the Belarussian State Academy of Arts (specialized in Graphic arts).
– What was the impact of your education?
– In the academy I found my technics. Since then I do all my works with pencil. And I don’t use a rubber! I trained a lot to draw correctly from the first line to the last.
The artworks really impress one by exquisiteness and accuracy, ideal hatch and rich textures though they are only about 30 cm in length.
– But why didn’t you choose a simpler technic like etching?
– Well, etching does not transmit the full depth of the idea. Some sketches can’t be made in this technic due to the features of the material. But pencil is a universal tool. With the help of it I am able to make any kind of image. It’s soft.
– How much time do you need to make one piece of art?
– It depends. But usually I spend about 2 months. Graphics seems to be easier than painting. But in fact it’s really hard to make such work.
Eight art works were presented during the exposition. In several days they will be moved to the cultural center "Festivalny" and, according to the artist, will be supplemented by several new ones.
– Why don’t your works have names?
– You know, this is not an ordinary exhibition. These pictures are my associations with architecture. Associations are always subjective. So I want the viewer to subjectively rethink each piece of art. I want them to have their own opinion. Any name limits one’s imagination. So if I want exhibition to be interactive (and I do) I need to free the viewer from these name limitations. Besides in future I am going to take part in one more exhibition with my friends, large-scale and even more interactive.
– You say this exhibition is about associations with architecture, but apart from buildings we also see a man and a woman, why so?
– I made huge research before proceeding to work. In particular, I read “The Ten Books on Architecture” by Vitruvius. There I often met the comparison between architecture and human body. They are united by the concept of harmony. On the pictures you see Adam and Eve. Their clear beauty and ideal proportions are the beginning of architecture. Their love is its continuation. This is the reason why a house is associated with family.
– Do you like the event itself?
– Sure! Any artist would like such an event. It’s a pleasure, when people not just look at your works but perceive them in context of music, songs and poetry. Of course, open-air exhibitions have their own features. It’s a luck that the weather was good.
It really was. The sun was shining bright up in the sky. Bards were singing like birds, guitars were ringing, people were smiling and laughing in the flash of inspiration. A small daughter of the artist climbed up to the dad’s hands and was curiously discovering the world around her. Certainly, this is what the world should be: creative, bright and full of new impressions.