Knowing I had to address Kazimir Malevich while I was in Russia I have recreated his famous Black Square painting using the snow and the dark ice of the Baltic Sea beneath it. Approaching the execution of the piece as an action and documenting the process and event with video as well as photographs taken by Mikhael Sator. The location has been chosen as point Azimuth Zero (N 59.99702° E 29.79213°) Made in conjunction with the Russian collective ACHROM SYMPOSIUM.
I have recreated the work to the exact dimensions of the original painting and carefully removed all of the snow from the ice’s surface. That which remains is a visual reference to the 1915 milestone painting. The final work will consist of a photograph that is to be cropped and printed to the size of the original Black Square painting along with this video document of the action. During the filming of the action there were a consistent deep booms in the distance which sounded much like thunder and was caused by the shifting ice further out at sea.
The work was made using snow for a few reasons. The sentence “it wants to have nothing further to do with the object” from Malevich's book "From Cubism to Suprematism" encouraged me to make something temporary that would pay homage without a continued existence outside of the photographic evidence of its creation. I also enjoy the thought that this snow has fallen time and again for ages on this land and possibly fell during Malevich’s time in Saint Petersburg (there are likely meteorologists rolling their eyes as they read this, but please forgive me I am a romantic).
I enjoy the thought that this work will continue to fall, for ages.
This video was created as part of my time as Artist in Residence at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kronstadt, Russia (Saint Petersburg) in the beginning of 2014.