"Everyone remembers one's childhood, growing up, and knows what love is and how it differs from sex… Everyone knows what success, joy, and happiness are - just as probably everyone experienced bitterness from treachery… Countries, cities, faces, career, money - life seems long, and for some - very long, but we all realize at heart that life is a moment… The past millennia for us last no longer than a cry of a flying by swallow… Life before us is unreal, there are scenes from movies, fragments of ancient bas-relieves and columns, but in essence, they are myths… I was interested in Byzantium's mosaics, Rome's elasticity - associations of distance in the series "The Cone of Astonishment" and "The Sky of Italy". The trips over the deserts of Central Asia, where a thousand years ago the Great Silk Way stretched, expressed themselves in the series of works "Great Scythia". But that was still fixing of the form, and I was interested in the phenomenon's charisma. And I noticed that yesterday's antitheses from our "today" are seen as similar, realities turn into a myth. "I photograph myth" - at least that was what I did in the series "Europe," "In Anticipation of Barbarians" and in some other collages. Louis XIV and his brother-antipode were next to a top-model, a gold salt-cellar made by a famous jeweler for the Pope became an erotic symbol of the society of mass consumption... That was a rather witty interpretation of phantoms of our consciousness and objects of culture - but now it seems insufficient. And I am simply making the next step - I synthesize myths, myths of our consciousness. Napoleon in China converses with Buddha, ballet shoes are next to Mao. The heroic joins the slow, the intuitive - the external… Because the intuitive world inside us, I think, surpasses any reality by the richness of unpredictable images. And that intuitive sooner or later becomes external, finds form, its own form. And its own charisma." In his works, Boris Laurentiev uses personal observations from daily life and from travel experiences from Russia-to-Europe-to-Asia: from far ends of Russia, from the Volga river to the place where Gold Horde's capital was and then, moving further to the east, to the Mogudjar mountains and the Great Chinese Wall. Abandoned cities, rivers without water, markets in green valleys, the gigantic bed of the rivers… And the strangest thing in the emptiness of that space was absence of time… Never again afterwards, neither in the fairy-tail Brugg, nor in Paris and nowhere in Europe, were there impressions like those. But true, there still remains the unknown New York…
Biography: Occupation - Fine Arts, Interior/Architectural Design. Member of the Union of Artists (1996-present) and the International Confederation of Artists (1995-present) Boris Laurentiev has a Master's Degree from the Stroganov's Moscow Higher Art-Industrial University, which is associated with Oxford Brookes University. After serving in the army, Boris Laurentiev's first professional project was to build a memorial complex in honor of the victory in the WWII. From 1990 - Author's contract work in the system of RF (rasshifrui) Art Fund, creating paintings for the Palace of Youth in the city of Saratov, making Florentine mosaic for the facade of Ust-Ilimsk hydro-electric power-station, etc., at the same time creating paintings and objects of the so-called paper architecture. From 1993-to-1998 Laurentiev had a contract work with the "Union Gallery". From 1995 due to the beginning of private enterprise in Russia, developed and carried out architectural and design projects, such as designed and created interiors for a French restaurant and a few cafes in Moscow, designed and built an amphitheater for 3,000 people in the Crimea (http://www.lauren.ru/pages/amfi.htm,) and after winning a tender in 1997, designed and built the 2nd floor of Moscow Taganka Theater (http://www.lauren.ru/leclub/33.htm) apart from designing the interiors of the jazz club "Le Club ", the author created frescoes and a series of lamps. From 1997-to-2001 the artist designed and built an entertainment complex in a GAZPROM Company resort, a two-store apartment in the center of Moscow and ethnic Moroccan and Japanese restaurants in Moscow (http://www.lauren.ru/mar/33.htm.) From 1995-2004 Laurentiev created sketches of frescoes, mosaics, stained-glass windows, and forged metal. From 2003-to date the artist has been involved in creating an architectural project and design of interiors of a corporative residence - a complex of houses, parks and amphitheaters, as well as creating a project of reconstruction of a former "profit house" built in 1911 and changing it into an office complex. LIST OF EXHIBITIONS 1993 - Group exhibition "Christian Art - Traditions and Present Time" organized by Moscow Patriarchate 1993 - Group exhibition at the "Union Gallery" in Moscow, Russia 1994 - Group exhibition in the frame of the cultural program of the World's Championship in Tennis "Kremlin Cup-94" in Moscow, Russia 1994 - Group exhibition of Russian artists at "Druot" Hotel in Paris, France 1994 - Group exhibition at the Central House of the Artists (CHA), the home to the new Tretyakov Gallery, on Krymskaia Embankment at the gallery "SovArt" in Moscow, Russia 1995 - Personal exhibition "Listening to a Harp - Saul and David" at the Museum of Modern Politics - a branch of the Museum of Revolution in Moscow, Russia 1995 - Group exhibition in the frame of the cultural program of the World-s Championship in Tennis "Kremlin Cup-95" in Moscow, Russia 1996 - Group exhibition "Sex-tine Chapel" at Metropol in Moscow, Russia 1996 - Group exhibition at the headquarters of the Moscow channel "TV-Center" 1996 - Group exhibition at "Inter Art Gallery Reich" in Koeln, Germany 1997 - Exhibition at ProBuisness bank headquarters in Moscow, Russia 1997 - Personal exposition at the exhibition "Art Manege-97" in Moscow State Exhibition Holl 1998 - Group exhibition at Central House of the Artists in Moscow, Russia 1998 - Personal exhibition at the Moscow branch of "MacArthurs- Fund", Unites States 1998 - Exhibition of paintings and photography at "Le Club" in Moscow, Russia 1999 - Group exhibition at the gallery "Kino" in Moscow, Russia 2000 - Exhibition of paintings at the National Reserve bank in Moscow, Russia 2000 - Personal exhibition "Defloration of Myth" at the CHA in Moscow, Russia 2000 - Personal exhibition at the business complex "Estate" in Moscow, Russia 2002 - Personal exhibition "I Make Photograph of Myth" at the CHA, Moscow, Russia 2004 - Group exhibition in the frame of the cultural program of the Championship of Russia in Zavidovo region, Russia 2002-2004 - Exhibition of paintings and collages at ALFA BANK headquarters in Moscow, Russia (http://www.alfabank.com - the receiver of the Operational Risk Achievement Award in 2005, London, UK) PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTION LIST 1.National Reserve Bank, Moscow, Russia: “Grapes, Apples and the Cone of Astonishment”, “The Cone of Astonishment and Other Figures” 2.ProBusinessBank, Moscow, Russia: “Imperial Gardens” 3.Alfa Bank, Moscow, Russia: “The Third Rome”, “Exodus”, Collages: “Breed Champion”, “Tsar-Liberator”, “David and Goliaphs“ 4.Collection of A. Lukanov, Vice President and CEO of the Alfa Bank’s Executive Board: “Remembers a Roaming Deer about Its Green Meadows” 5.Deutsche Bank Collection, U.J. Muller (private collection), Hamburg, Germany: ”Delicacy”,”Lots about Great Scythia” 6.Inter Art Reich Gallery, Koeln, Germany: “A Line” – Collection of Herbert Reich 7.Collection of Jrmgard Gosebruch, Bruxelles, Belgium: “Gone Time” 8.“Optimation” Company, Munich, Germany: “Horsemen Riding with the Sun” – “Optimation” Company’s Collection 9.Collection of O. von Schmitz-Horbach, Aachen, Germany: “The Cone of Astonishment and Other Figures”, other Graphics collections 10.Gallery Modern Art & Design, Hans Eberhard, Stuttgart, Germany: “Captivity”, “Ziggurat” 11.“Bel Development” Co. (structure of “Russian Aluminum” Co.), Moscow, Russia: “Coliseum”, “A Staircase of a Hundred Stairs” 12.“Russian Aluminium” Company, Moscow, Russia: “Gauss’s Principle – Principle of the Least Compulsion”, “Great Scythia” 13.Dr. Kerner’s Collection, Munich, Germany: “Death of a Nomad” 14. A. Bertolini’s Collection, Rome, Italy: “The Cone of Astonishment and Other Figures” 15.I. Tuzov’s Collection, Moscow, Russia: ”Aral Sea” 16.Dr. Norbert Schaller’s Collection, Korneuburg/Vena, Austria: “Play” 17.Stephane Frappat¦s Collection, Chief Executive Officer of the Camden Partners L.L.P., Paris, France: “Remembers a Roaming Deer about Its Green Meadows,” “Variant” 18.Collection of Preston H. Haskell, FL, USA 19.Director of the Colliers International, USA/UK: “Ziggurat” 20.Collection of Naum Olev, Director of the Zero Gallery, Moscow, Russia: “Exodus- 2,” “Figures” 21.OAO “LUKOIL”, Moscow, Russia: “The Cone of Astonishment and Other Figures,” multiple works from Series “Figures” 22.International UNESCO Foundation, Russia: “July Rain Storm. The Pyramid of Louvre” 23.KomuniBank, Moscow, Russia: work-in-progress collection
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