Post – Apocalyptic
I bet we have all dreamt at least once about the world’s catastrophes and have wondered what life would be after this? We are all inventing and evolving technologies, but a Russian artist focussed on the unimagined and unexperienced world, in his series entitled Post – Apocalyptic.
Yuri Shwedoff, a 24 year old artist based in Moscow has a unique style of art. The surreal theme of his art portrays the artist’s vision where a man is alone with nature, time and uncertainty.
I grew up in Krgyztan, among the mountains, lakes and abandoned Uranium mines. The feel of this nature greatly influenced my taste in color, light and subject of my paintings. When I moved to Russia, I was inspired by the remnants of Soviet architecture, the monuments in the style brutalism, The huge scale of abandoned human creations, long cold winters and cloudy day.
Yuri, through his art, takes you on a journey of life after apocalypse, human mutation, abandoned cities and no more blue skies or sunny days. One could wonder where the art doesn’t subject to a theme, but the artist adds:
In today’s world, we almost forget that we are part of this world. People went crazy with the problems of their civilization. And every day, we-people are becoming less and less in comparison with the world around. But when we’re alone in a place where there are no problems and bustle, for a moment, we remember that we can understand something incredible.
Yuri has a distinct style of his own which many of us would not accept or maybe would not understand. We, being caught up in our busy lives, have somehow missed the simple things in life. He recreates the feeling of being abandoned, by the help of dark and dramatic landscapes as experienced in the post-apocalyptic period.
We humans have always feared the unknown. This digital art creates the impression of realistic photographs and through the theme clearly exposes the unknown world, which might open our eyes to the real value of the present moment.
by : Sanjana Malhotra.