Oleg Kaplan: Glass

Oleg Kaplan: Glass
International Photography Grant 2019

Photographers seek to transform reality, though any; something in the photo may be beautiful – or terrifying, great or intolerable – even if in life it looks quite different. Transformation of reality – that’s what the art is, Syuzen Sontag wrote about it yet.

Photo artist Oleg Kaplan was born in 1967 in Moscow into a family of artists. Known for his series of photographs entitled “Glass”. Among his accomplishments – many popular galleries of works, several prestigious awards and work with major publishers. Oleg dedicated his life to photography. Any expert or critic can not definitively characterize the genre in which the author works.

Particular style of shooting in “GLASS”, selected by the author, often borders between photography and painting. This is reflected not only in the techniques and methods of creating photographs, but also in those tasks which we set many artists. Continuing the tradition of post-impressionists, Oleg Kaplan refuses to portray only the visible reality or a momentary impression. He is interested in long-term state of the world and the essential condition of the outer and inner life. One can not ignore the time that were created by the work presented in the album. It was a turning point in the development of society and for Russia as a whole. Rich in events and reform 90 – years, disturbing and dark, could not affect the photography, painting and film, which certainly crystallized and exaggerate the spirit of the time. Wassily Kandinsky wrote that every «cultural period creates its own art, which can not be repeated».

Zeitgeist, as a necessary condition, as given through which Oleg realizes his reconciliation with the outside world. Photography as a challenge, as a way to transform the reality, as the search for reality extraordinary, new, different. For nearly a decade, until the series was filmed, the key still a few points: certainly tradition, but also innovation, the search for new forms and relationships, subtle filigree work with color and composition frame. Respect and love for painting – yes, the desire for a «big» photos – yes, but no imitation. When shooting for the author is not acceptable pastiche, so he was able to find a balance between the need for continuity and his personal view on the generated image. Opening the expressive possibilities of color and line in the frame, using different offsets, exaggerations, lifting planes and other methods, Oleg finds the path of transition from playing utilitarian value of the subject to express his own deep feelings. Communication of color, shape, space. Paramount interdependence of all phenomena is that occur in the relationship of the artist with the composition’s hero. Every inch frame matters, how important and unique is every atom of the universe.

Art – is the ability to create a design arising from the relationship of shapes and colors and not on the basis of aesthetic taste beautiful composition – and on the basis of weight, speed and direction of movement.» Movement of what? Motion color! This is how Kazimir Malevich taught. In a series of photos of «Glass» color is one of the key parameters. Color is not secondary, it is not accidental. Each shade is pulled, pushed, that is INTRACTION. Gamma color spreads from pale pink to rich red, purple or green complex. All this color is created in the process of shooting without further photofinishing (photoshop). The only possible collision unique colors and shapes in space, unique composition created is infinitely important to the author. Synthesize objects, bind them, transform and reveal a new bond in the compound show two or three items is a completely new phenomenon.
Shooting style switches attention from the subject on how they portray, thereby changing the status of photography as document and, of course, enriching its perception. As Francis Bacon said, the art of artificially. Convincingly create an artificial world that his honesty hit primarily the author – that’s a daunting task of this kind of image. The author is the Creator, but the world he created already exists outside of His personality. Still unique, passionately awaited and is not so, what were up to this point, and yet not so, which he will take in the future. The paradoxical nature shots that fixing a time period and, at the same time they are out of time. That is why these works are relevant, after almost two decades, because they capture, excite and disturb.

Many of the changes undergone visual art of the 21st century, mixed spiritual and material values, the frantic search for new substitutes often more meaningful picture function. What is the value of art as objectively measure the contribution of the author? They say that the cost of painting or photography, with a past auction for millions of dollars, includes the cost of many thousands of works made up before this masterpiece. Perhaps the most important indicator – whether to change us what we see. Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston and Oleg Kaplan they are authors whose image changes the viewer forever.

Website: www.olegkaplan.ru

Oleg Kaplan: Glass

Oleg Kaplan: Glass

Oleg Kaplan: Glass

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International Photography Grant 2019