2018: Urgency MMXIX”, in collaboration with Kate Daudy, Manchester

Installations

In this project Kostya Novoselov and Kate Daudy explore interconnectivity of ideas. How is art connected with science, people connected with places and between themselves? The two artists explore this through a series of messages and paintings across different cities, which are linked to one another in an unexpected way.

2018: “Prospect Planes”, in collaboration with Mary Griffiths

Computer video

First presented at the “Great Exhibition of the North”. Commissioned by Brighter Sound.

In the center of the project is the cycle process of the transformation of ideas. The two artists try to find the moment where the closed cycle breaks down by a new creative thought.

The artists used a seed image which was then imprinted into graphene, of which maps of Raman spectra measured and reinterpreted as a three-dimensional frame. The rotation of the frame gives birth to multiple “perfect” projections, similar to the original seed image. But which point in this cycle was the creative moment?

Computer video

First presented at the “Great Exhibition of the North”. Commissioned by Brighter Sound.

In the center of the project is the cycle process of the transformation of ideas. The two artists try to find the moment where the closed cycle breaks down by a new creative thought.

The artists used a seed image which was then imprinted into graphene, of which maps of Raman spectra measured and reinterpreted as a three-dimensional frame. The rotation of the frame gives birth to multiple “perfect” projections, similar to the original seed image. But which point in this cycle was the creative moment?

"Quantum slip"

In his installation, Kostya Novoselov illustrated the process of inspiration, creativity and scientific discovery. It is practically impossible to narrow down what served as an inspiration for a particular breakthrough. Usually, it is the small things which cause minuscule changes in our perception, but ultimately, when reaching the critical mass – lead to a quantum leap of discovery.

This concept was presented as pages of an abstract scientific paper, showing cross-pollination between different fields, that ideas in one area of science can be utilized in another one. The paper language was abstract, and the characters followed a certain mathematical pattern. Graphene inks have also been used to provide an extra dimension to the code.  Figures and patterns presented cover a broad range of styles, indicating a wide scope of techniques usually required to uncover even a simple scientific problem. Abstract nature of text and figures symbolize universality of the scientific method, which can be applied in any field and lead to new ideas in very unexpected areas of science.

Installation: rice paper, Chinese ink, graphene ink, light-box

2018: Exhibition “The river that connects us” in Manchester 

In this exhibition, two artists presented four works (four each) in order to demonstrate the interconnectivity of different cultures. A Chinese artist (Wang Ying) and Russian-British artists who acquired his artistic education in China (Kostya Novoselov) presented the vision of the modern art and the United Kingdom (the country they both live in at the moment). Having the similar artistic background, they developed into very different styles: Wang Ying is fascinated with English landscapes which he paints in Chinese style and Kostya Novoselov is gravitating towards conceptual minimalistic art, where Chinese traditions are still traceable. The spectator is offered this diversity of styles but still can navigate back to the common denominator of Eastern art. Paintings. Rice paper, Chinese ink, graphene ink

2017: Exhibition at the viennacontemporary

Kostya Novoselov participated in viennacontemporary Art Fair in 2017, where 5 of his works have been presented by RDI.Creative gallery. The paintings presented a range of topics, from the very traditional Chinese paintings (lotus) to landscapes to contemporary subjects. It is claimed that graphene ink has been used in at least some of those paintings.

Several paintings of Kostya Novoselov, produced in classical Chinese style have been presented at the exhibition. 

Paintings: Rice paper, Chinese ink, graphene ink

2013: With Cornelia Parker at the Whitworth Art Gallery 

Kostya Novoselov collaborated with Cornelia Parker on the project commissioned for the opening of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

 © 2018 by Kostya Novoselov

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