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feline. It seems in the polygons of Stella or the brutality of Geiger that many of the problems presented in the works are antagonistic. They are in opposition and contrast whereas the beauty of the themes and the shapes that are present in Zouravliov’s work are conciliatory. They pacify and merge. They invade and occupy each other. They creep the fuck out and seduce. Something very delightful happens to anyone willing to look at the shirt button of a blouse, a clasp of a waistcoat or when you peer at a Zouravliov belt buckle for more than just a moment. They’re all of them undone, being unlatched, momentarily malfunctioning, “were just like that, dude,” or just happened to be that way like how you find a shoe behind the couch or misplace a sticky note for ten weeks. The things pop open when the viewer becomes aware of what they are looking at and the rest if just real, genuine sexual fizz - a deviant fizz most likely. The crease of a rib bone becomes chocolate cake. The carousel of a a bare hip is the world’s thickest curry ladled out onto the center of your brain. It’s that, or we need to get laid (more!). In the right mindset you may even feel your own reptile brain begging for what’s underneath a blouse or even what’s under the bare chest of an Uncle Vanian Human. If one of the greatest abilities of an artist is to establish movement among both what is on the canvas and what is in the human looking at it - like some excellent card trick - then Zouravliov is Ricky Jay in a gold buttoned waistcoat and a hand jammed into the gut of it. That History Thing Recently, a new Rembrandt was discovered. It’s tiny and it’s delicate. It’s called “Rembrandt Laughing”, it’s on copper and was recently showcased at the Toledo Museum of Art. To celebrate adding the piece into the museum’s collection, Professor Ernst van de Wetering of Amsterdam, the foremost authority on the big R, gave a lecture about it and about what lengths had to be gone in order 171

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

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