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"The President / Franklin" Collage

Maxim Fomenko


Collage, Plastic on Plastic

Size: 21.7 W x 19.3 H x 2.8 D in

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Not painted, not drawn.! Collage with garbage bags.! YouTube Link: "Things only have the value we give them." Jean Baptiste Poquelin or "Moliere" (1622-1673) Since today's values are constantly being questioned, I came up with the idea of making portraits of famous people such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington out of garbage bags to show the decline in value from the past in our time. "What used to be valuable is now destroyed or loses its value" Because Benjamin Franklin went down in history as one of the Founding Fathers, he was depicted on dollar banknotes. In this way it acquired a certain economic and social value for us. Because nowadays, in our global world, a simple thing like a tweet can plunge the value of a currency or even wreak havoc on a government. At first glance, the pose, composition and background of the picture reminds us of Leonardo da Vinci's famous picture, the mysterious "Mona Lisa" which has not lost its value for hundreds of years. The images are a collage of garbage bags and yellow sacks that are placed without glue between two panes of glass held together by a frame. Taking them apart will ruin the picture forever. This principle shows us our society without values or without framework. Although the pictures were taken a few years ago, they have not lost their relevancy, but have become even more relevant over time.

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Collage:Plastic on Plastic

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Size:21.7 W x 19.3 H x 2.8 D in

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My name is Maxim Fomenko, I'm a freelance artist from Nuremberg. I studied at the Nuremberg Academy of Arts, study program "Free Art“. Completed 2012 as a master student.Since then I am a successful, freelance artist. My work is in various open and private collections Europe and the USA. My art is about the artist himself, here I ask the question, how does the artist of today look like compared to the artist in the past, how has he changed in the course of art history. How much has his transformation of themes that he dealt with thousands of years ago like feminine beauty, death and Paradis changed. We remember the past epochs with beautiful female scenes of, for example, Ingris, Degas, Renoir or Matisse. Then the fright of the 20th century from Picasso, Braque and so on until today. What remains for the modern artists? Everything seems to be said, all styles and all directions are exhausted, maybe that's why the subjects have to be redefined and reinterpreted. If I may paraphrase Malewisch "it is no longer enough to create a mattress for the night of love".

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