Igor Kolodin’s new paintings explore the “coloured mud” of paint itself. His previous work contained formal compositions of naïve and folkloric images, complicated by coded references to his own life and social trends, Russian iconography, surrealism and mysticism.
Growing up in Siberia, Kolodin and companions amused themselves by creating art with coloured glass in the mud. They buried pieces of found glass in the dirt and washed away at its surface to reveal a unified piece. The technique and final product of his new series is influenced by this memory. He applies a layer of coloured paint, conceals it with a further layer of black and then washes the surface away to expose crystals of colour. An earlier medium of Kolodin’s was stained glass, consisting of coloured segments fused between clear panels.
Kolodin’s new paintings make one think of his migrant past, from Siberia and Israel to Canada. The paintings conjure shattered surfaces of colour, patterns underfoot or the cracked surface of a desert landscape. Originally from Omsk, in southwestern Siberia, Russia, Kolodin attended the Omsk School of Arts from 1989-1994 where he graduated from the Graphic Department. Kolodin immigrated again to Halifax in 2009. Before arrival in Canada, his work had been exhibited in Israel, Poland, Sweden, reviewed internationally, and acquired for private collections as well as the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.