An anarchic chess problem about the Queen of Spades and mirror long jumps

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Materials: acrilic on canvas
70 sm x 70 sm
Category: painting
Item Number: 018795
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About the Artist

Alexander Sokolov was born in 1986. in Moscow.

Graduate of the course “Contemporary Art” of the Free Workshops of MMOMA and the Joseph Backstein Institute of Contemporary Art in the course “New Artistic Strategies”.

Participant of the main programs of the Wroclaw Biennale of Media Art WRO, The wrong biennale nº5 and the 1st Karelian Biennale. The artist’s works were exhibited at exhibitions at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Vadim Sidur Museum, the Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, the Fabrika Art Center, Wro Art Center, as well as during various festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival, CHEAP festival, Intervals, NUR.

The artist explores games and their interfaces using the lens of contemporary art. “My childhood in the 1990s was dominated by the aesthetics of hip-hop, manga and video games. This visual culture mixes ethnic, industrial and fantastic motifs. The modern information landscape is constantly becoming more complex through the interpenetration of different, often contradictory cultures. As an artist located in two cultural worlds at once - the global Western and local Russian, I have a consciousness that lives in both dimensions.

I want to give a different interpretation of globalism through the study of games and the manipulation of their components. By their nature, games connect. This is a tool for resolving the intricacies, internal tensions and external conflicts of cultures. Game symbols, forms and rules are publicly available and create a synergy of movement between players, harmonizing their cultural attitudes. It is by working with games that we can give a relevant and meaningful assessment of the current state of the world.”

Alexander Sokolov