Damir Krivenko
Damir Krivenko's palitism
Evgeny Rozhansky

Evgeny Rozhansky

correspondent of the newspaper "Volnaya Kuban"
19-04-2013

Damir Krivenko's palitism


“We sometimes confuse the concept of“ master ”with the concept of“ artist ”in the meaning of“ confessor ”. And in each work of Damir Krivenko lies the second, deep layer of spirituality. I will bring my students to this exhibition in order to show how one should work, what a high culture of painting should be, ”- with these words the mentor of novice Novorossian artists Vladimir Serdyuk preceded the opening of Damir Krivenko's personal exhibition in the Prima-Yug gallery.

Bon Appetit!

It's hard not to see the main work of the exposition. The installation in a gilded frame invites you to taste the prepared dish in the form of a palette with rainbow colors of paints, and on the sides of the untouched canvas, which serves as a background, lie a fork and a knife.

- Man consists of body and soul. We work all our lives for our body, but it is much more important to nourish the soul - the only thing that we will take with us from this world. And spiritual food is poetry, music, theater, painting. The work I have conceived as a flag of paletism is called Bon Appetit! - an offer to saturate your soul with spiritual food, - Damir Krivenko begins the excursion. Paletrism (from the word "palette") is a new direction of associative painting, where the themes of feelings and morality are important.

- Why did I become interested in paleitrism? When I paint, for example, landscapes, the palette is born by itself, I don't work on it. Every six months I clean it off and see the wealth that has appeared in it. In general, creativity is the union of man and God. The smaller the person, the better, - the artist explains.

When Damir returned home after serving in the army in 1990, his father presented him with a sketchbook. After 17 years, the palette from this sketchbook itself became a painting, after the artist cleaned it and saw the Universe with complex color overflows. In the center of the universe, the artist placed an inconspicuous pearl that personifies the Gospel for him, and also added an image of a hand as a symbol of the Divine hand. And he called the work "Creation". And next to it is the installation "Vivat, palette!", Which explains the essence of Krivenko's work. On a pedestal in the form of a marble column, there is a palette with the inscription on the back: “If you look at the palette, you will see the work of the artist. If you look at the palette, you can probably see his world. "

Gamma of feelings

Humiliation is a poisonous green with a black admixture. But Damir's love is with a redhead, because he is a redhead himself and his children too. In the Palette of Human Senses, the artist combined 70 fragments cut from his working palettes, finding a human feeling or inference in each color scheme.

- This is one of the main works in the direction of paletrism, - explains Damir.

- According to scientists, people of ancient civilizations experienced up to 360 shades of feelings. The task of this work is to show how rich and colorful our inner world is. The highest feeling in all religions is love. But the artist rightly divides love into public and intimate. You can love your wife, children, fishing, football, even a bathhouse. But there is, or must be, a very individual, very personal feeling of awe. This is love for God, or for the Creator, or for Nature - to whom it is more convenient. Only having this feeling, Damir believes, we can live harmoniously on earth and harmoniously move to another world. Therefore, reverence is the door to the future, and this fragment is taken with an oval cut of the palette, behind which there is a tiny mirror to see yourself in it. In the same way, but in a different color scheme, the opposite feeling is presented - pride, which is not for nothing called the mother of sin. This is also a door, but into the abyss. There is another similar work - "Twelve Months". It was created for 12 years, one fragment per year. Once, clearing the palette of old paint, the artist saw in it a real autumn landscape. So I began to collect palettes, choosing the scales by month.

Keep innocence

Damir said that from an early age the proverb helps him to go through life: "If you are bored with yourself, then you are in bad company."

Therefore, magnificent canvases with the signature "Damir" are born. Such as the "Heavenly Flotilla". To describe in words such a painting is a thankless task, you have to see with your own eyes the brigantines and caravels hovering over the sea in order to experience delight. Or "Pearl Snow", where in the gray of bad weather the artist caught the charm of being in the form of convex, burning snow flakes and made every viewer admire the beauty, from which it is simply difficult to break away. "The artist's work is sometimes likened to missionary activity: unexpectedly, his work can become an example of a small pictorial sermon," the author wrote in the annotation to the painting "Innocence". It is a symbolic still life depicting a glass goblet surrounded by steel hammers. "External decency is unable to hide the eternal dissonance of fragile purity and brute force (at the level of family, collective, society)."

“The world around us is aggressive and directed against our innocence,” the artist adds. “How can we keep our innocence if hammers can easily break a glass?” You don't have to wait until old age to evaluate your life, how innocent it was. Every day is a small life. Every day we wake up with this innocence, but until evening it may or may not survive.

Eternal values

At the exhibition Damir Krivenko presented the most precious thing he has - the Bible, which he had been reading for 15 years, and now he has made an installation with it in a frame.

When this world was established, its invariable values ​​were established - family, children, work. But from time to time from nowhere come values ​​in form that seem to be the same, but in essence, completely foreign bodies. As, for example, modern computer technologies, because of which the younger generation even writes and sends letters to loved ones through a computer. But it is known that if a person cannot feel tactilely, touch with his fingers, the mind loses up to 70 percent of the information. So the computer takes our children away from us. But any values ​​are given for our good. If we know this, then we will use the computer board for good, and if not, then for pornography, banking scams, viruses. Good luck!

He is slightly over forty - the most creative age, when a lot has already been passed and comprehended, the richest observations have been accumulated, and, hopefully, there is still a long way ahead. Add genes to this: Damir's parents graduated from the Repin Academy of Arts.

At the art school, he met his future wife Tatyana, the daughter of the famous painter Gennady Zaviziony. By the way, their eldest son and daughter are studying painting and design with their grandfather, so they will continue the family dynasty. In 1992, Damir became the director of the exhibition hall under the Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, where, together with his father, he created a gift fund. The Pope in the Vatican, ex-US President Bill Clinton, the President of Japan and heads of many countries of the world have canvases by Peter and Damir Krivenko. The family decides to settle in their native St. Petersburg, but Damir's children often get sick, they need a southern climate. So in 2001 the whole big family of artists settled, it seems, now forever, in sunny Anapa. In Novorossiysk, Damir Petrovich is exhibited for the first time, so he presented different directions of his work, with the exception of classical painting.

“A whole series of works will be ready in the fall, and before taking it to New York, I will try to make an exhibition in Novorossiysk,” promised Damir Krivenko.

Source: [08:47], novorab.ru

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