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Shuji Inoue

The Manda Coal Mine Mark

Andrey Ilyin

The Story Behind Old Stuff

Moscow, Russia

May 6th, 2006

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© 2006 Andrey Ilyin, Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons License


Contemporary to Barbie, growth in space of stagnation. Gagarin, Cold War, ice-cream-for twenty-copecks, every summer spent by the sea-side.

The small Ukrainian town - Belaya Tserkov (White Church) capital Kiev - near by, optimism, hippysm, cheap wine, banks of Ross-river, green of canabis.

The atmosphere of mom"s laboratory - chicken soup armed in a chemist"s bowl, portraits of longhaired Russian scientists Lomonosov and Mendeleev, who looked like pop stars. Nonpredictional, almost busy father - bibliomaniac.

Old pictures and icons in the house of Grandad Buryan and second grandfather - Pavel Alexandrov - killed by bolshevics in 1928, artist academically educated in pre-revolutionary St.Petersburg Academy of Fine Art, especially his notebooks, describing painting techniques and pages of womens adresses and their favorite perfumes.

Seems I was fated to be an artist,did not find myself, study medicine in Leningrad, working as loyer's secretary in Moscow, street cleaner or boiler stroker (charismatic job of my generation soviet intellectuals), even as an beuorocrat - I met Perestroika in chair of the last soviet censor for rock lyrics in Gorbachov's time .

After my first tentative steps in the alternative art life in private salons and illegal shows at the end of 70s and middle 1980s, I was lucky and the boom of Russian art arrived. Pictures began to be bought in corporate collections by West LB ( Germany ), Amer Group (Finland), a university collection by Dundee (Scotland) and collections by Kiev Museum of Russian Art, St.Petersburg Toy Museum and Venice Sculpture park. Many pices are in private collections.

Toys is my last passion, done by wood, papier-mashe and all kind of rubbish I can find around.To decorate them - I use water-based natural pigments, eggs and wax for polish. Most of them makes moves and sounds.

Main shows:

1986-1988 : Autumn exebitions at Malaja Gruzinskaja, 28 - Moscow

1988-1989: All-Union of Young Artists exebition in Manezh - Moscow

1990: WestLB Bank - Moscow

1991 : Performance "Citizens of the Night", Edinburgh Theater Festival, 369 - Edinburgh Gallery

1992 "International Incindent " - French Institute, Ediburgh UK

1993: "Bald Buryans" - DAR Gallery,Moscow

1994-1995 Collaboration with Cadogan Publishers, Together with Rose Baring, London 1995-1996 Foundation Sirin-prints, together with W.Shon - Oxford UK

1995: "Anabasis" - Russian Museum, Kiev

1996: "Serious Games"St.Perersburg Toy Museum - St.Perersburg

1998: Foundation of Christian Democracy, named by Hans Zeidel - Kiev

2000 : Russian-Italian center, Milano

2001 : Collaboration with "Last Hero"{Survival} TV ORT - Panama-Moscow

2002-2004: Establish "Banda Creativa-Parasol-Internacionale" - Moscow

2004: " Making Moves " - Six Chapel Row and Hitchcocks - Bath, UK

2005 "Haim+Handwerk" - Muenchen Germany

2005 "Not-naiv-toys done by Buryan", Toy museum - St.Petersburg

2005 "Recycled Art" Central House of Artist - Moscow

2005 6 sculptures for Venice sculpture park - Italy

2005 "Art - toys in Burg Wildegg " - Austria

2005 "Art-toys " Galerie Handwerk Muenchen - Germany


Nikon D70; Nikkor 10,5; 360precision; manfrotto 055.
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