Eidolon
Arseny Blinov (painting, graphics)
Gleb Kolyadin (piano)

An artistic process transforms an artist's thoughts, feelings and experiences into visual images. The arts get viewer's response as far as the images touch his inner self. The presence of the viewer, in its turn, endows a piece of art with phantom properties that appear and disappear depending on who interacts with it. While figurative art sets a certain direction of rendition, abstraction provides absolute freedom of interpretation. The perception of abstract arts is so variable that the study of the viewer's experience becomes an artistic challenge.

The Eidolon project is an attempt to convey a non-objective visual image through music. The pianist and composer Gleb Kolyadin interprets abstract works by the artist Arseny Blinov. Referring to the track from the musician`s debut solo album, the project is titled Eidolon (Greek εἴδωλον: "apparition, phantom, ghost"). Kolyadin's piano ambient becomes an ephemeral double of Blinov's abstract graphics and painting. Being ghostly and shaky, it is ready to disappear at any moment, giving way to the personal associations of the viewer.

The project comprises Destructio series created by the artist in 2016. The title refers to the concept of deconstruction, which in the modern philosophy of art defines the understanding of a phenomenon through the destruction of stereotypes or including it into a new context. The Eidolon project offers an alternative to the conventional way of perceiving arts and implies considering abstract works in the context of music. In the meantime, each of the works carries its own artistic statement, and the exposition forms a complete and self-sufficient unity. A viewer has a choice either to perceive the project visually relying on his own mental and sensual experience, or to compare his vision to the interpretation of the musician.


Arseny Blinov. Destructio V
Acrylic on paper,
110 x 82 cm
2016
Arseny Blinov. Destructio III
Acrylic on paper,
110 x 82 cm
2016
Arseny Blinov.
Destructio IV
Acrylic on paper,
110 x 82 cm
2016
Arseny Blinov.
Do not draw the mountains on a clear day.
Acrylic on paper,110х82 cm
2016
Arseny Blinov.
Three Vertical Objects Acrylic on canvas,
140х220 cm
2016
Arseny Blinov.
Destructio I
Acrylic on paper,
55x80 cm
2016

Arseny Blinov.Destructio II
Acrylic on paper,
55x80 cm
2016

Authors
Arseny Blinov
designer, painter and graphic artist
Arseny Blinov graduated from Saint Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design and was enrolled as a member of Russia Designers Association in 1997. Arseny worked in advertising and mass media, since 2008 being the art director of Kommersant publishing house in St. Petersburg, Russia's major broadsheet. Arseny is a prizewinner and participant of many advertising contests and festivals, including such prestigious international awards as Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and Moscow International Advertising Festival. The artist participated in many collective and personal art shows. His works are in private collections in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the USA.
Gleb Kolyadin
Pianist, composer
Gleb Kolyadin graduated from St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. The pianist, performing academic and original music, is a co-founder and composer of iamthemorning duo, winning Progressive Music Awards 2016 for the album of the year. Gleb Kolyadin's self-titled debut solo album, released this year on Kscope, received rave reviews from the European music press. The pianist tours Russia and Europe with various bands, composes music for theater plays, including those at Alexandrinsky Theater and Akimov Comedy Theater in Russia, as well as the projection show Michoacan (Mexico, 2015).

The Show
In March, 2018 MediaBuzz Communication Agency and Mobius art gallery presented the Eidolon project as a pop-up exhibition at the New stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre. The show was timed to Gleb Kolyadin's recital in support of his debut solo album.
The Project Presentation
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