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Oil Paintings on Microchips
Painting on microchips is an intuitive response to everyday life, where I'm constantly alternating from online activity to hands on experience. It is essential to explore this space 'between', where virtual, tangible, and mental spheres overlap, where apps and icons mingle with emotions and physical stimulus. Integrated circuits have a talismanic allure; these tiny esoteric objects which hold so much power. I paint on them with a brush made from a single eyelash. It's like a magical ritual, imbuing them with life or something. It feels very meaningful but also ridiculous. These works are a reaction to the process of going digital.
'Smaller and Faster' is the new 'Bigger and Better' and that applies to communications as much as commodities. It's hard to maintain space for deep thoughts today, but there are exciting moments when the finest writing fits in a text message or the strongest painting fits on a microchip. Most information today moves in small, succinct bundles. In these works, I speak to the post-digital mind which rarely views an image longer than 15 seconds. Studying small details encourages the mind to think with analytical focus, so observers of my art slow their pace and find new lines of association delicately nestled in each composition. The paintings are visible to the naked eye, but the size is usually a square inch or less, so magnifying glasses are supplied at exhibition, which adds an interactive aspect to the experience."
"Yuri's organic imagery, juxtaposed with the high-tech substrate, truly does create a beautiful, subtly mystic quality that speaks to concepts such as evolution and technology's role."
-Ty Dunitz, TECHi.com
Since 2004, Yuri has been painting on microchips and exhibiting them around the world.
This ongoing series is a quest for a deeper relationship with the esoteric circuitry underlying modern life. Painting is an intimate act, and especially so in miniature. The act of painting on microchips forges new connections with the almost-invisible pillars of connectivity. It's an act of meditation seeking new symbolism and ways to reflect upon the new realities of post-digital life.
In the work titled <3, which depicts a human heart on a microchip (of one square centimeter), you read immediately the symbolism of 'love' but also the complex anatomical structure of our cardiovascular system. Then you consider the 'anatomy' of computers, and future robotic 'life'. And further, the use of IT tech to share powerful emotions between fellow humans... and fellow machines?
Similarly, all of Yuri's microchip paintings invite contemplation with powerful yet understated symbolism. They are talismans for meditation in an age of acceleration. Striving for "poetic efficiency", Yuri translates big, complex topics into compact, concise works of art.
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