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Kirill Yakovlev
Tracing papers

09 February — 02 March 2024
H3 11.12 Gallery

Kirill Yakovlev
Tracing papers

 «Everything is Architecture. Everyone is an architect»
 Hans Hollein

From the beginning the practice of tracing for architects is the first stage of designing, collecting information and exploring the matter. The architect looks through all available stuff for the issue, selects everything what is most valuable, useful, interesting and copies the images onto transparent paper. The same thing happens with the students, who learn painting in academic terms: first, the skill is developed in copying recognized masterpieces or nature, and only then - creating your own works.

In Kirill Yakovlev's new project, you can see how the principle of tracing becomes not only the main way to create artworks, but also turns into a method of organizing the exhibition as a whole thing with just one meaning. The main object of reproduction is architecture and its parts: plans, facades, sketches, sections, even design objects and interiors, as well as everything that can be somehow connected with it. The artist reserves the possibility of minor editing, for example, coloring or changing the proportions relative to the samples taken.

Sketches and drawings by famous architects and designers are used as if they were made not to create functional projects, but as preliminary sketches for painting. The drawing tries to hide in the body of the colorful layer, to become a reproducible part of the picture, which, in turn, wants to get rid of the drawing. Based on them, Kirill Yakovlev strives to create an "ideal picture", based, among other things, on Ed Reinhardt's manifesto "12 rules for a new Academy". According to him, any subjective principle should be excluded from the works, and the viewer's attention should be focused on the perception of the colorful layer. That is why Yakovlev uses as a basis only those artworks that can be considered objective "classics" that have passed the test of time. This is a kind of art history in an illustrated format.