YURIY PESTOV
San Francisco, California - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Yuriy Pestov; T Eat Drink, 2000, Original Printmaking Other,   cm.
Yuriy Pestov
Original Other Printmaking, 2000
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Yuriy Pestov; Refuge , 1997, Original Printmaking Other, 25 x 20 cm. Artwork description: 241 This is a collagraph. A refuge from the forces of nature. ...
Yuriy Pestov
Original Other Printmaking, 1997
25 x 20 cm (9.8 x 7.9 inches)
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Yuriy Pestov; Anima, 1996, Original Drawing Gouache, 32 x 23 cm. Artwork description: 241 The work was made with the palm of the hand in Marseil, France. Easy. But impressive. ...
Yuriy Pestov
Original Gouache Drawing, 1996
32 x 23 cm (12.6 x 9.1 inches)
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Yuriy Pestov; Canaan, 1999, Original Printmaking Other, 81 x 38 cm. Artwork description: 241 This is collagraph with mixed media. When I was on the site I was impressed by the wonderfull bare mountains and infinite stars. A peace of local cloth served perfectly for the lower part....
Yuriy Pestov
Original Other Printmaking, 1999
81 x 38 cm (31.9 x 15.0 inches)
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Artist Statement

We constantly experience input of information into our minds. This does not necessarily form conscious knowledge. Rather it may be unformatted environmental impingements, all exposure to the elements and resulting psychical and physical changes come from this.
Traveling in different places and changing environments enhances this input. You just have to be attentive to details, fleeting occurrences. Tales, folklore, other media events and old myths can all be helpful. Insight, as well as providing an immeasurable source of information, consolidates everything.
My task as an artist is to put these data on paper or onto whatever material I am working with at the moment.
Diverse mediums such as: printmaking, digital graphics, stage design for concert dance, performance art, installation, sculpture, photography bond me as a creator with art.
The human body has always been a central interest to artists. Movement adds a new dimension to the human personality. This is why both in photography and performance art my subjects often are movement of the human body and dance. Though sometimes vestigial human presence in surrounding ambiance is enough.
I do not look purposefully for materials for my works, though often ponder on a subject for a long time. Materials are often found by themselves, unintentionally. This is why in my printmaking I favor so much collagraph, where I can incorporate natural, discarded and found objects, which leave on paper bas-relief-like palpable indentations. Unpremeditated freely flowing lines, unexpected patterns are the rewards. I am fascinated with cloth for the same reason: creating spontaneous results with its folds and creases.
These techniques and the desire to be more precise in my work determine my way of usually working immediately, in situ, or site-specifically. That is to say, in a general environment, and not directly in nature as impressionists or Russian peredvizhniks did. Sometimes I finish pieces later but if too much time has passed I feel it very difficult to find the mood again.
I certainly have artistic influences, some good and some bad, retarding ones, but I favor abandonment as far as possible to the local idiom, at whatever place I am at the time.

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