Erik Vladimirovich Bulatov is one of the founders of the Moscow conceptual school. In his early works from the 1960s, Bulatov studied the principles of interaction between surfaces and space as a philosophical conception of the painting and space. This was an important stage for his work and clearly exhibited the influence of Falk on Bulatov, who called Falk, as well as Favorsky, his teacher. In the early 1970s, beginning with his work “Horizon” Bulatov started developing a new, personal style, bringing together standard natural landscapes with large symbols from posters and transparent slogans. As a result the artist manages to illustrate the absurdity of a reality, overflowing with symbols of Soviet propaganda, in an extremely accessible way. For Bulatov, space was always many-layered: either texts from slogans or recognizable symbols were placed over the tops of images. Underlining the contrast between propaganda and reality, Bulatov’s work approaches Sots Art, but his main goal remains studying the border between the art space and the social space. Bulatov sees his artistic mission is “to show and prove, that social space, however meaningful and aggressive it may seem, is actually boundless. It has limits, a border, and human freedom and in general the meaning of human existence is on the other side of that border. The space of art is over there, on that side of the social border.Изображение

Pochaivskaya K.

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