Suprematism Infinity: Reflections, Interpretations, Explorations - Opening at the Atrium Gallery, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York City, New York (December 10, 2015) [Scroll horizontally to view images and read text; scroll vertically to view/read additional information.] [Photos by Cho Eunmi.]

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers (Artist), Regina Khidekel (Curator/Director, Russian American Cultural Center, NYC/President, Lazar Khidekel Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Christina Lodder (Author/President, The Malevich Society).

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers, Regina Khidekel (Curator/Director, Russian American Cultural Center, NYC/President, Lazar Khidekel Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Christina Lodder (President, The Malevich Society). Max Semakov's work, "Where Is Black?" is seen behind and to the left of Chambers.

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers, Regina Khidekel (Curator/Director, Russian American Cultural Center, NYC/President, Lazar Khidekel Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Christina Lodder (President, The Malevich Society).

Left to right: Christina Lodder (President, The Malevich Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Tom R. Chambers. Khidekel's work exploring the Suprematist form-creation principles through architecture and design is seen on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Christina Lodder (President, The Malevich Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Tom R. Chambers. Khidekel's work exploring the Suprematist form-creation principles through architecture and design is seen on the gallery wall.

A viewer looks at Chambers' "Red Sweep Black Square" (left). Max Semakov's "Where Is Black?" is seen to the right.

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers and Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect). Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" is seen to the left on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers and Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect). Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" is seen to the left on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers, Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Khidekel's son. Max Semakov's "Where Is Black?" is seen behind on the gallery wall.

Center, left to right: Tom R. Chambers and Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect). Irina Nakhova (Artist) is seen to the far left conversing with a viewer. Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" (left) and "Red Sweep Black Square" (right) are seen on the gallery wall.

Irina Nakhova (Artist) (left) is seen conversing with a viewer. Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" is seen on the gallery wall.

Max Semakov's "Where Is Black?" is seen on the gallery wall.

Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" is seen on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Christina Lodder (President, The Malevich Society), Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Tom R. Chambers. Khidekel's work exploring the Suprematist form-creation principles through architecture and design is seen on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) and Tom R. Chambers. Chambers' "Red Sweep Black Square" is seen on the gallery wall.

Chambers is seen signing his work, "Red Sweep Black Square", which he donated to the Archives of The Lazar Khidekel Society. Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect) is seen to the left. Chambers also donated his work, "My Dear Malevich" to the Archives of The Lazar Khidekel Society.

Chambers' "Red Sweep Black Square" is seen on the gallery wall.

Irina Nakhova (Artist) is seen giving a presentation re: a digital documentation of part of her Green Pavilion’s “total environments”. She is the first female artist to represent Russia at the Venice Biennale, 2015.

Chambers (right) is seen conversing with a NYC architect. Mark Khidekel's work exploring the Suprematist form-creation principles through architecture and design is seen on the gallery wall.

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers, Regina Khidekel (Curator/Director, Russian American Cultural Center, NYC/President, Lazar Khidekel Society) and Irina Nakhova (Artist). Chambers' "Red Sweep Black Square" is seen on the gallery wall (left). Max Semakov's "Where Is Black?" is seen on the gallery wall (right).

Left to right: Tom R. Chambers, Regina Khidekel (Curator/Director, Russian American Cultural Center, NYC/President, Lazar Khidekel Society) and Irina Nakhova (Artist). Max Semakov's "Where Is Black?" is seen on the gallery wall.

Center, left to right: Tom R. Chambers and Mark Khidekel (Artist/Architect). Chambers' "My Dear Malevich" is seen on the gallery wall.

Tom R. Chambers is seen with his work, "My Dear Malevich".

Tom R. Chambers is seen with his work, "Red Sweep Black Square".

“Suprematism Infinity: Reflections, Interpretations, Explorations” (December 1, 2015 - January 22, 2016) showcases works by Tom R. Chambers, Mark Khidekel, Irina Nakhova and Max Semakov. It explores works inspired by the legacy of Suprematism through new forms, styles, media, and technology.

Invented by Kazimir Malevich a century ago, Suprematism became one of the most radical and influential art movements of the 20th century. It brought the Russian avant-garde into a state of absolute non-objectivity, based on “pure feeling.” Suprematism created a perception of multiple dimensions without horizons or boundaries and translated these perceptions into energetic relationships between primary geometrical forms. Suprematism also produced a synthesis that merged exploration of the imagination with revolutionary changes in modern science; it allowed development while embracing science and technology as creative tools.

Tom R. Chambers, an artist and educator of digital/new media art, exhibits a transition from realistic photos to pixel abstractions in his series of pixelscapes, "My Dear Malevich” and “Red Sweep Black Square”. They are part of a larger body of works entitled "Black Square Interpretations and Other Suprematist Explorations.” For Chambers, “Pixelscapes is minimal art in keeping with Malevich's Suprematism - the feeling of non-objectivity - the creation of a sense of bliss and wonder via abstraction.”

Mark Khidekel explores the Suprematist form-creation principles through his career as an architect, designer, and artist. Khidekel has produced many multi-functional projects, including his Post-Suprematist design for the St. Petersburg Russian Museum’s Depository and innovative environmental projects in Russia and the US such as Ostrov (1970s) and Bridge-city (2008-2014). These continue the visionary and environmental legacy of futuristic projects from the 1920s.

Irina Nakhova, the first female artist to represent Russia at the Venice Biennale, will display a digital documentation of part of her Green Pavilion’s “total environments,” which according to The Guardian was one of “the best 5 pavilions” of Venice Biennale 2015. Her discovery of the liberating power of Suprematism in the early 1980s allowed Nakhova to abstract herself from the Soviet reality and create a new artistic environment in her own apartment. It became one of the seminal projects of Moscow conceptualism and Nakhova's site-specific environmental art. Nakhova’s “Malevich’s Cube,” is the focal point of her “time machine”. Marked by three lightening squares the black room is “the axis of past, present and future.” Space, light, colors, and video imagery create an experience that is both emotionally charged and engaging for the viewer. In Nakhova’s words, the black cube represents a “strange, mysterious, unpredictable Russia.”

Max Semakov, a photographer and artist, exhibits his series "Where is Black?" that injects colored planes into ordinary landscapes in the search for the point of transition to the Suprematist universe. His project “Suprematist Park” is inspired by Suprematist architectons transformed into elements of recreational architecture. Chambers and Semakov, who share similar aspirations, produce works that have similarities in method or intent to earlier Suprematist pieces, but make use of digital/new media, resulting in the hybridization of the non-objective form.

The issues of nature, space and the environment remain cornerstones of contemporary discourse. It is through Suprematism that these issues can be discussed emotionally and creatively. The “blissful sense of liberation” experienced by Malevich can be found in a legacy that continues to encourage the emergence of new ways to create and interpret art.

Curator: Regina Khidekel.


Tom R. Chambers donated his works, "My Dear Malevich" and "Red Sweep Black Square" to the Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) Art Collection, New York City (letter).


Exhibition announcements:


This exhibition is in conjunction with the "100 Years of Suprematism" conference, Shapiro Center, Columbia University, New York City, December 11 - 12, 2015. It is organized in celebration of the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s invention of Suprematism and the first public display of his Suprematist paintings in December, 1915. The two-day conference is organized in association with the Harriman Institute, the Lazar Khidekel Society, and SHERA. It features presentations by an international and renowned group of scholars. Among them are leading researchers in the field from the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The event includes a presentation of "Kazimir Malevich: Letters and Documents, Memoirs and Criticism" (London: Tate, 2015) (http://tomrchambers.com/Malevich Society.htm).


Chambers' works:

"My Dear Malevich"

"Red Sweep Black Square"

Other:

Black Square Interpretations

The Primordial Pixel

The Pixel As Minimalist Art

Chambers' website