Beach Chair Under Water
195 x 294.5 cm
Oil on Canvas
The painting shows a beach chair, an object of mass consumerism, situated under water. The grey walls suggest that the chair is in a swimming pool, yet the presence of fish implies it could be in the sea. The incongruity of the chair under water creates an uncertain, troubled atmosphere. The work is a piece of pop art, or perhaps social art, if we consider the artists’ previous work. The image is one of decay. It has an underlying sense of worry and prompts questions about the value of modern culture.
Vladimir Efimovich Dubossarsky was born in 1964 in Moscow. He was a student of the Moscow Art College from 1980 to 1984. He also studied at Surikov Moscow State Art University from 1988 to 1991. He has been a member of MOSH since 1994.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Vinogradov was born in 1963 in Moscow. He was a student of Moscow Art College from 1980 to 1984, and later of Surikov Moscow State Art University from 1989 to 1995. He lives and works in Moscow.
Dubossarsky-Vinogradov incorporate elements of social realism into their work, whilst evoking the genre of monumental thematic painting. The artistic duo consider the language of painting as text, which is a view similar to other artists of realism. However, unlike their predecessors, they make this language accessible to viewers. Their subjects include naked female tractor drivers, Helmut Kohl at a young German couple’s wedding, Yeltsin and Lebed, Stallone painting Schwarzenegger and virtual dreams in the spirit of social realism. Through their work, they reveal the modern way of thinking with all its paradoxical twists.