The Ukrainian-Danish artist Sergei Sviatchenko’s intent and message might not be immediately clear or understandable, but he’s one of the most influential innovators of modern collage and Everything Goes Right & Left If You Want It (Gestalten, ISBN 978-3-89955-460-1, $75) is the first comprehensive collection of his collage and painting.
“In the world of contemporary art, Sviatchenko is a provocateur. He draws on and harnesses all of the cultural tides he has experienced in 40 years of image-making. Sviatchenko’s oeuvre spans the known and the unimaginable. It cuts through the boundaries of traditional and contemporary visuals to merge pop culture with politics, personal memory with collective histories, and architecture and science with the logic of dreams,” is written on the jacket.
Sergei Sviatchenko has worked with a broad range of subjects and media. He experiments, challenges, and abolishes where other artists move within established comfort zones. From his early work as a conceptual artist and collage maker, he moved on to abstract painting and has done commissions and large scale murals for international brands and institutions. More recently, Sviatchenko has created the fashion-forward photography projects Close Up and Private. With a portfolio and methodology in perpetual evolution, his influences include modernism, surrealism, and rock music.
In our world of sensory overload, Sergei Sviatchenko stands out as an artist with unique vision. This vision encompasses our ever-shifting visual culture while maintaining a precise, individual voice that continues to delight, surprise, and inspire. ❚