SM-ART is proud to present the exhibition of Russian artist and sculptor Aladdin Garunov “Ethno-Techno. The world of Aladdin Garunov”.
Aladdin works with materials that exist at the crossroads of different cultures - Eastern patriarchal and Western progressive. In his work, Garunov combines rubber, carpet, worn shoes, fur, hand and foot prints, video installations and photography. Above all, the artist is interested in the position of modern man in a rough, misunderstood industrialized world.
According to the artist himself, his views were influenced by the Russian and European avant-garde of the beginning of the 20th century. In his work, Garunov seems to combine two worlds - the technically developed West and the conservative mystical East.
Similar to Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Pete Mondrian and Mark Rothko, Aladdin transmits his ideas about the sublime through abstraction. Nonetheless, Garunov prefers assemblage to traditional modernist paintings, built on a combination of different textures, each of which carries a symbolic meaning. Rubber and tarpaulin symbolize modernity, fur is associated with ascetic coarse clothing, and a woollen carpet often grouped in a traditional arrangement typical of the East serves as a reminder that modernity is largely shaped by tradition and that people live for centuries asking themselves the same questions - who are we? Where are we from and where are we going?