Although ontological paintings have no clear-cut composition, there is still a ‘momentary composition’, when some object is visualized. But this is not a house, a ship, an airplane or a table. It can be seen as:
- Non-existent object
- Random object
- Impossible object
- Certain object
I searched the name for SUCH an object for a long time. Finally, I picked the notion of the Perceptual Object. I noticed that if the depicted form represented not just amorphous blurring in the plane, but at least remotely resembled some kind of incomprehensible object, then the image stimulated the additional mental effort. In some paintings I introduce the elements of realistic ropes and the images of a three-dimensional spherical egg playing a dual role. These are characteristic signs of my paintings, which exclude my work from complete abstraction demonstrating the viewer that this is something else. This is exactly the Ontologic Painting. The Perceptual Object in its turn is one of many techniques expressing the idea of pictures’ constituents.
Macro through micro
Infinitely large cannot exist without infinitely small. This thought made me try to achieve a double effect in my paintings. On the one hand, the depicted forms can be seen as infinitely large universes, structures or galaxies. On the other hand, they can be associated with the biomorphic world depicting cells, atoms, nuclei, photons and micro-elements. The viewer can see chaos, and at the same time something structured, or trying to structure. The media used and the imagined structure of the particles make it possible to interpret the picture as the smallest physical particles, and at the same time, as huge space formations. The Impressionists, trying to convey the atomic component of matter, painted with dots or very small strokes. In my artworks, the tiniest particles of natural media play this role. What is particularly importantly is impossibility to clearly determine what is being depicted: a huge galactic world or matter under a microscope. This gives the viewer scope for a multi-scale perception of the image as well as a wide range of spiritual sensations and experiences.