Dmitry Plavinsky


Dmitry Plavinsky (1937–2012) is one of the key representatives of the Moscow Nonconformist Art of the second half of XX century, he created his own symbolic philosophy and deep analysis system. Dmitry Plavinskiy was gifted with a powerful energy and at the same time he tended to profound analysis in his work. The art of this artist is now being recognized all over the world.

Each work of Plavinsky is a multilayer artistic structure. Any texture or shape, whether of a manmade artifact or of an organic element, is interpreted by him as a part of multi-faceted symbol, essential for deep understanding of the universe. The author perceives the universe as Mono-Time, which is a closed-circuit system, a solid multi-texture layering of the memory of the past, dynamic of the present and knowledge of the future.

The image morphology in Plavinsky's works is fickle and a subject of metamorphosis. There is always an invisible presence of non-being, when the image itself doesn't exist yet but the foresight of its final destruction and dissolution hangs thick in the air.

Cathedral ruins in flames, an abandoned church devoured by sprawling trees, a shabby boat buried in snow, are not the visions of the ends of civilizations, but the artifacts reminiscent of the eternal journey, where the final always coincides with the starting point.

For Plavinsky an image is equivalent to a sound. The artist is able to capture and reflect the tone of any object. The sound here is primarily the biblical prehistoric Logos, conformal to the first naming of the object, and inaugurating the moment of image nativity from nothingness.
The artist's works can't be perceived with a unified interpretation of a visible object. A simple tree cross-section looks like a map of the Universe, and a silhouette of an old Scarecrow reminds a prophet's figure. A Viking ship resembles a zoomorphic creature of unhuman power or a pagan demon. A decayed leaf is allegorized as a part of the cosmic matter, and the surface of the leaf turns into space width and length.

Plavinsky's art works are always dynamic and change in the process of perception. His multilayered paintings, collages and etchings seem to be made out of complex textures that can be eternally looked at. There is no fixed composition; the space is fractionized into multiple details. And it's not a coincidence that many works have panoramic composition which indicates that we manifested image is only a fragment of a bigger immaterial substance.

Elizaveta Shagina