ANDREY FILIPPOV

Canine Joy
332 x18 x 80 cm
Mixed Media
2005

This work fully shows the artist’s language: symbolism, complexity, and metaphor, religious narrative and social criticism. The stairs made of seven bones are a metaphor for a journey filled with obstacles. The seven bones are like seven sins which need to be overcome on the journey. At the same time, the stairs are a critique of the social conditions in the 1990s. The material of the stairs, the bones themselves, are fundamental materials, the foundations. One must feel the bones under one’s feet to achieve a goal. In the context of 1990, this goal is political power. However, the humble name of the painting shows a dislike for the modern political system.

Untitled
9.7 x 15.5 x 25 cm
Mixed Media


The book on skates is a metaphor for the movement of thoughts and images. The book represents art and meaning. ‘Metaphor’. translated from the Greek language, means ‘transportation’. A metaphor is a movement.

Well Orientated Skull
14.5 x 12 x 20 cm
Faience, Compass, Mixed Media
2014


A Well Orientated sSkull is about our intrinsic orientation which is pre determined.  Indeed, ‘orientation’ means ‘direction toward the East, toward the Orient’, where “lux ex orient” is.

BIO

Andrey was born in 1959 in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. As a Russian artist, he was one of leaders of the younger “Moscow conceptualists.” In 1981 he graduated from the stage department of the theatre school MHAT. From 1982 to 1984 he worked for the APTART gallery. At the end of the 1980s, Filippov’s works of realism travelled abroad. They were exhibited overseas when the ban on exhibiting Russian art abroad was first lifted. His emblem installations became symbols of independent art from the USSR. When Perestroika began, the artist organised ‘the Club of avant-gardists’ (KLAVA), which was the first organisation of new, free Russian art. From the 1990 to 2000s, Filippov was a curator of the Club’s exhibitions that brought together Moscow conceptualists from different generations. Since 2008 he has been a member of the “Kupidon” group. He lives and works in Moscow.

Canine Joy Andrey Filippov
Untitled - Andrey Filippov - Moscow 2015
Well Orientated Skull - Andrey Filippov - Moscow 2015