Touched by Art: Konstantin Khudyakov
What: Fly, by Konstantin Khudyakov
Where: Galerie Carré Doré
When: 4 February to 12 March 2011
Vernissage: 3 February 2011 at 5.30pm
ALSO SHOWING AT MONACO TOP MARQUES 14-17 April 2011
It's difficult to put your finger on the work of Konstantin Khudyakov.
Actually, it's very easy to put your finger on it - whereas traditional
painting is not to be touched, Khudyakov's positively invites the viewer
to do exactly that.
For years before the iPad, and the increasingly familiar pinch-and-zoom,
Khudyakov has been developing 'multi-touch' art, collaborating with
programmers to produce interactive images which adapt according to the
hand movements of the viewer.
Fascinated by the ways in which the viewer sees the world around him,
Khudyakov - who trained as an architect - has worked in the past with
large-scale panels that play with peripheral vision, and stereoscopic
images of the kind favoured by early photographers. But it is in the
world of multi-touch that he is now making his name.
His latest piece 'Fly ... in High Resolution'
, which is being
exhibited until mid-March here in Monaco, makes use of many of the
techniques which are only just now being introduced into the latest
touch screen computers. The pictures are built up out of superb
three-dimensional renderings of virtual worlds as they might be might
seen through the complex structure of a fly's eye, with its thousands of
The fly has been a symbol in art for many centuries, not least as an
emblem of man's vanity. Now it has become not only the 'hero' of
Khudyakov's art, but also a medium through which the viewer experiences
his surroundings. It's not for nothing that critics have dubbed
Khudyakov 'The Observer'.
Khudyakov is already well-known to the Russian public through large
scale projects such as 'Hotel Russia' 'Deisis' and 'Panoramas', which
have been exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and the
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Outside Russia, he is only just
starting to be discovered, but a showcase at the Venice Biennale (June
to November) is due to change all that.
Before then, why not come and take a fly's eye view of the world at the Galerie