Sometimes all you need is a few carefully crafted geometric forms and colours to rest your eyes on. Work by the late Leningrad-born artist Leonid Borisov (1943-2013) simultaneously soothes and ruffles the mind in the most delightful way.
Borislov’s artistic output spanned five decades through Soviet and post-Soviet eras, drawing inspiration from American abstract art and Moscow’s conceptual art scene alike.
Alexander Borovsky, Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum describes Borisov’s artistry: “There is no mathematics behind his geometrical compositions; his three-dimensional objects are not based upon aerodynamic calculations; his sculptures and boxes nailed together lack industrialism, but it is his geometry, his volumes, his roughness, irregularities, naïveté.”
There’s a satisfying cleanness to his creations, as shapes slot together neatly and allow your imagination room to unfurl. Making use of any medium that suited his aims, from painting to sculpture, and photography to collage, and even ceramics, his works are deceptively simple, sitting calmly within their allocated space, but yet, there’s a suggestion of something simmering – a disquiet beneath the surface.
For the first time ever, Borislov’s artwork is to be showcased in the UK, with an exhibition titled Lessons in Geometry at Gallery Elena Shchukina in London, from 18 September 2014 until 16 January 2015.