(The Russian name for the oil color "cinnabar imitation", as it appears on the package label)
Authors: Lilia Dragnev and Lucia Macari
The project was announced during the CarbonART 1999 summer camp
As part of the project "KINOVARI-imitatsia" we solicit proposals from artists all over the world to make copies of famous works of art from the 20th century. Those wishing to contribute to a collection of copies of major artistic achievements of the century are asked to contact us by available communication means or to come in person to the Center for Contemporary Art for additional information.
tel. 373 2 / 274081
Address: str. Bulgara, 32; Chisinau; 2001; R.of Moldova
Contact persons: Lilia Dragnev and Lucia Macari.
"KINOVARI-cinnabar (HgS), mercury sulfate-oxide chemical element (crystalline rock) of a reddish color. It is used to produce the oil color. Since it is unstable when exposed to air (it oxidizes easily and loses its color), the artificially produced analog color is used in painting. We have known it by its Russian version "Kinovari-imitatsia". So we decided to call the project by the same name, "KINOVARI-IMITATSIA."
The low level of the classes on the history of this century's art has had adverse repercussions on the education of young artists. This drawback in the artistic education is a consequence of a shortage of teachers, insufficient teaching aids, etc. "KINOVARI-IMITATSIA" is a contribution to making up for the shortage of information (on the art of the 20th century) by means of an art project based on "copying" or "imitating" works of art made by 20th century artists. "Copying" is a process often used by art students to learn the techniques of producing a work of art. We, however, are not interested in studying the techniques used with a certain medium as much as to learn, identify, or understand deeper a movement or an artist. We called on artists to make copies of art works of their choice from various periods of this century, and then sign them as authors. The copies will be accompanied by text, which will explain the reason for choosing a particular work of art and describe the whole work process. We will not limit ourselves only to copies of "objectual" art; we will also accept to our collection performance, action, video, and other ephemeral artistic events.
The collection of copies will be then exhibited, and later we'll provide continuity to it by "commissioning" new works from arts students and established artists. The first piece in this project, made by us and American artist Bradley Adams, was an "imitation" (copy) of a photograph by Man Ray depicting Marcel Duchamp dressed as Rrose Selavy. In the copy Marcel Duchamp was replaced by Bradley Adams, who came up with the idea to change also the title into PapiRrose Selavy, which translates phonetically from Russian (papirosa means cigarette) and French as "Cigarette is life." An interesting coincidence that suggested this idea to us was the physical resemblance of the two artists and the same date of birth - both were born on the 28th of July. This was also a possibility for us to use our fantasy in developing the subject's clothing, since fashion design was our main subject of study at the Arts University.
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