By Mikhail Komashko, art critic
Eduard Zentšik is a contemporary Estonian genre-busting artist. In his creative work, he has managed to unite localness with a global vision, to shatter the viewers expectations and to deceive the spectator in a way that no one has seen previously. See his first minted work on SuperRare here.
At first view, his self-positioning as “Unknown Artist Zentšik” is an offer for the spectator to believe in the primacy of the art object over the art source. His ironical understatement of his role in the artistic process is not a give-away game, but an honest-to-goodness statement though a wily one.
The main E. Zentšik’s art object is “playing the artist”. The fancied artist deconstructs the philistine notion of commitment to style: the selection of forms varies from the traditional pictorial art to the actionism. The Artist “zentšikizes” each style and trend. Eduard Zentšik presents to the viewer his own version of oscillation in the post-modernism era. With ease, he juggles with methods, habituates trends and adopts styles. Destruction, mixing and aligning of each guise – all this makes the Artist trans-universal.
If Jeff Koons is said to combine the world most beloved style – kitsch- with the world most beloved content – pornography – then Eduard Zentšik has managed to find place for everything reverently loved by the broad public audience. In the hypothetical gallery filled with all manifestations of the Artist, everyone will find something they like. Modigliani’s elongated profiles, Giger’s attractive horribleness, Mucha’s icon-likeness and composition, pre-Raphaelites’ magic, Rothko’s and Pollock’s objectless compositions and obsession with colour. Filigree playing a canon game in the artist’s version creates an amazing balance between the known and unknown, between the common art-space and Eduard Zentšik’s personal style.
The brand of “Unknown Artist Zentšik” is well known in his native region of the North-Eastern Estonia. The participant of a whole number of presentations, the facilitator of young artist exhibitions, populariser of the contemporary art process, a guest at any important event, a photographer, sculptor, an installation artist— all these make the Artist an easily recognizable figure in the local environment.
Caught by the pandemic 2020, the Artist admits that he does not understand and does not see a clear-cut way for further Artist’s coexistence with Chronos and virus. However, the crisis does not impede his keeping on art-study in the framework of his tried-and-tested principles.
A series of symbolic digital retro-manipulations makes use of the methods well known to the Artist’s followers. Among those are blurring the boundaries between the artistic and the illustrative, expedience of the representation in both museum frames and a book cover format, a skillful aesthetic mashup of archival photographs and medieval illustrations. The new works feature the theme of the “pause and focus adjustment” displayed to its fullest degree.
The other side of Zentšik’s actual manipulations lies in creating the foretaste of the loss of a signal. The sensation of TV or radio white noise is achieved by using dots, figures, symbols, glitches — a recurring insignificant pattern superimposed onto an image. Reflexively, the spectator “tries to tune the picture”.
The post-pandemic world will demand from artists to rediscover themselves anew and to reinvent hottest new methods:
Unknown Artist Zentšik is already in the on-going changeover process.
„I am a graphic designer and a freelance artist. Most of my art projects have never been seen. Hopefully it’s time to show the cryptoart. It is of great importance for me to participate in the movement of the NFT of artists. Necessary to indicate the cultural significance of crypto art. This is very promising, this is the future and it is changing the art world before our eyes. The best inspiration is when artists support each other. I am honored to be part of the SuperRare.”
One of the projects is “Golden dream”. Exclusively on SuperRare.
Dreams in dreams. Codes and symbols, magic and sorcery, error in eternity.
A series of art works of conceptual surreal absurdity. A world where there is no time. Eternity in the cryptoart world.
First owner the NFT comes with 2 pigment art prints (70x100sm) unique and signed by the artist.
Thanks to SuperRare for a family of artists who support each other!