Friday, 28 August 2015

Chernikov's Suprematist-Constructivist compostion: a revisit

Chernikov's Suprematist-Constructivist compostion: a revisit

Influenced by Malevich and the suprematist movement, Yakov Chernikov has its other side different from what is posted earlier.

Mostly leaned towards the future with all its radical architectural fantasies, Chernikov's work most likely dealt much with the use of reinforced concrete and steel, as different from those from the west. Shaking loose the nineteenth century's shackles of romantic historicism, Chernikov's work, as well as those of others from the former Soviet Union experimenting invokes an aspiration of an emerging society dealing with the future.

Obviously, these artists, like him were experimenting new ideas especially when it comes to their respective mediums. of utilising steel, concrete However, Socialist Realism became dominant that somehow made some artists utilise old forms like classicism and making it adapted to revolutionary purpose. Or rather say "AgitProp".

But come to think of this, prior to Chernikov's use of old architectural forms and his subsequent idea of fusing, his architectural compositions learned from his mentors seemingly trying to break the norm, besides seeing it as "mistaken" for "made using software" given the style similar to the concepts of a contemporary architect. And these artworks, made between 1925 to 1933, is a showcase of seriously leaning towards the future in which some would think that those edifices reflect those of people seriously dealing with Science Fiction, of going into space and create colonies trying to spread humanity outside earth, powered by machines enough to generate an empowered populace willing to break old forms.

Admittingly speaking, his attempts tends to forge a new design by means of fusing old and new, if not really breaking beyond conventions in pursuit of building a future what they called as just and glorious; 19th century tends to revisit the past, yet 20th century tries to steer towards the future in their own way such as through visual art if not architecture or any other experimental art that requires a fusion of mediums, of styles. 
And again, Chernikov tries to invoke the idea of making the impossible possible by those who willing to go beyond the parameters.