Since the 6th of December in the halls of the art academy an exhibition “The Windows of a Labyrinth” has been opened. The exhibition is featuring paintings and graphic works of one of the most interesting contemporary artists of the Petersburg's scene. His works are in collections of Sir Paul McCartney, Alla Osipenko, John Markovsky and others. Vik was one of the first artists whose works were part of the “Christie's” auction.
The exhibition “The Windows of a Labyrinth” , firstly, marks the 60th anniversary of the artist. Secondly, it is partly devoted to the upcoming 100 years commemoration of Alimpy, the Archimandrite of the Pskovo-Pechersky monastery, who had a profound impact on the artist. VIK joined the art scene of Leningrad in the middle 1970s. In 1974 he founded the art group “Alimpy” together with his friends. During the Soviet era, religious themes were frowned upon by the establishment. Despite this, VIK dedicated most of his pieces to spiritual themes.VIK had been learning about the ancient Russian style of painting icons as well as Russian avant-garde. In his works, the artist combines the principles of icon painting with avant-garde motifs according to his own personal perception. VIK created new interpretations to the old religious themes and plots by adding, among others, the signs of the contemporary world or imagery from different religions. Thanks to the power of the imagination and the spiritual power of perceiving phenomena, VIK reveals different worlds on the canvas, where the issues of time and space dissolve to reveal deeper associations. In his works the artist is trying to find a way out of the “labyrinth” of everyday routines as philosophical issues of Being. Thus, his paintings, whatever they are: portraits, still life, religious scenes or landscapes, have a special flair which enchants viewers.
The exhibition is opened until the 19th of January, 2014.