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ground. They’d probably never find you for a hundred years. The reason they’re bizarre is because you’re not reading this in Russian - or in Japanese. The alien quality of most of the design is like passing someone you know in the lobby of a hotel. Getting a uncanny or bizarre feeling may not be as easy as you’d assume. At least not at first. Humans are very good at adjusting immediately to small changes. They do this by being oblivious. By operating in an oblivious way, subtly loses all power. Most things can then appear similar. Things that seem similar can become familiar, and familiar to something else maybe entirely unrelated, thus exposing the secret magic of obviousness. The things in a print of Vania’s are familiar to your experience because you are human, like how the sex of another human being suddenly becomes aparent if you witness a breast briefly squished against an oak banister or if you have ever been told by a friend that a man thinks the shape of your nose is “it”. However unfamiliar those experiences may seem, you can fill in your own blanks for experience here. In a flash of familiar looking historical iconography your history teacher becomes disrobed (in your memory) and all of the interesting details get sussed out making the earth your standing on feel like mars. Obliviosity is destroyed and that creepy, exciting, uncanny, too good too be true, or too quiet feeling is at hand - you’re noticing the severed head between the legs of a throbbingly eccentric woman who has recently pilfered the Arc De Triomphe. Those familiar looking history things, well, a person can only find them one hundred percent exquisite. Alone, they are the “real thing”. Broken down into fraternal twin pills of interest: the clothes and the skin. The habit that a nun wears (well at least we perceive her as being a nun!) in the piece called “Aaliyah” is arresting enough to look at - it’s restraint and elongated shape; its swathing effect, as most of his illustrations are, are of technicality which Zouravliov seems to have ingested at some point in his life that they appear so natural - but a habit that would be much 168

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

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