|Similar in Moscow:||Andrey Molodkin Artist, Konstantin Zvezdochetov Artist, Moscow Museum of Modern Art Gallery, Oleg Kulik Artist|
Both live and work in Moscow, Russia (former Soviet Union). In the early part of their career together they adopted the style of socialist realism, an officially sanctioned art practice under the soviet regime. Their early works resembled posters for non-existent thrillers and sleazy porn flicks. They worked with their idea of social order, laborers, collective farmers, etc. and put a modern twist on an outdated practice. Their result was a collection of ideas and themes that would make socialistic fantasies visible to the viewer.
In 2001, Dubosarsky and Vinogradov made a transition from the socialist fantasy to the ideals of mass media. Total Painting (2001) created a large scale image of mass culture from around the world borrowing ideas from advertising and mainstream media. Our Best World (2003) created a common ground for pop stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Spider Man, Barbie, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marilyn Monroe, and even Picasso. The Underwater World (2002) was made for the Russian pavilion for the 50th Venice Biennale. The piece references ideas gathered from pop images such as mail order catalogs, and heroes in contemporary advertising.
In the end, Dubossarsky and Vinogradov have found a place in art that sits between the space of Soviet culture, capitalist culture, consumption and a society that is striving to digest as much worldly culture as possible; instead of creating their own.