Tantalizing Fashion with an Ominous Twist: Sergey Bondarev’s New Series
The Russian artist, who is also a fashion designer and a gallerist, loves the human form, particularly when it is bathed in color. He uses a striking palette that includes bright hues in electrifying
Three other paintings also focus on the desirability of
The theme of mythology appears in Bondarev’s Gorgoga (2014), which depicts the decapitated head of a Gorgon, a female creature with hair of living snakes, such as Medusa. The color red underpins much of the painting, covered by white clouds and flesh, but peeking through in places to give the entire image a sense of danger. The beautiful face of the Gorgon, held aloft by an anonymous hand, looks beseechingly at the viewer as red blood drips from her neck and red-and-black snakes writhe in her hair. Her painterly,
Bondarev shows the excitement, power, and danger of fashion. His painted explorations of its influence are arousing, at times frightful, and invite us in while warning us of the potential consequences.
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