Correct figures / Incorrect figures
Russia, United States of America
11 Nov 1950 -
Svetlana Kopystiansky uses a variety of media, from sculpture to drawing, photography, film and installation. Born in Russia, both Svetlana and her husband Igor identified with the aspirations of the Russian avant-garde, and at the same time, their works are made in dialogue with American and British conceptual art of the late 20th Century.1
The drawings ‘Correct figures / Incorrect figures’ were made in the period prior to the artist's emigration from Russia to New York. Clearly referencing Malevich, these drawings depict opaque black shapes – a square, a cross and a circle, in combination with two slightly lopsided black shapes – a distorted square and a cross with one edge shaved off. These ‘incorrect’ figures destabilise the symmetry of the work as a whole. Combining the heritage of the Russian avant-garde and Suprematism with the influence of post-minimalism and conceptual art, ‘Correct figures / Incorrect figures’ invoke and subvert the artist’s avant-garde inheritance.
1. Igor Kopystiansky, correspondence with Anthony Bond, Art Gallery of NSW, 08/11/2010
ink on paper with type-written text, unique work, 6 panels
6 drawings: each 41.5 x 30.0 cm sheet; 61.0 x 47.5 x 2.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2006
Not on display
© Svetlana Kopystiansky
Shown in 1 exhibition
Igor & Svetlana Kopystiansky, Lisson Gallery, London, 07 Jul 2006–19 Aug 2006