The pandemic of spring 2020 that overtook humanity closed Art museums and galleries throughout Europe, Russia and countries worldwide. This unprecedented threat became the impetus for the rapid development of "Online Art Spaces." Thus there arose a need for discovering both these new forms as well as a visual language for these new forms of virtual online expression. Although these recently developing modes are only beginning to be implemented, they will obviously play a big role in the future of Art movements as well as the business of Art.
"Memory" is a virtual online presentation that imagines a "traditional exhibition" dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. Its initial showing was cancelled as were all traditional gallery-based Art exhibits.
I have placed artists' paintings in fictional dystopian spaces, helping to recreate the grandiosity of the events of those distant years while erasing the imaginary boundaries between the past and the future.
In addition to the virtual 3D exposition, the project includes a VR version and an augmented reality application for mobile devices — as mobile devices are now integral for everyone's normal cultural access.
Another component of "Memory" is the graphics, born out of the by-products that are always a result of the creative process of any large project. These graphic elements are working materials — drafts, construction and assembly elements, even "mistakes." Often, these ancillary materials become more interesting than the intended "subject matter." Through mounting these ancillary graphics one can examine processes that normally remain behind the scenes, visitors to the virtual exhibition only have access to works in their finalized form. These subsidiary inclusion further the tradition of "paper architecture" — designs not producible in reality but presented rather as concept drawings.