Logos and form in the dialogue of spaces
Sergey Sobolev understands form as the border of different spaces (art and nature as well), combining different ways of structuring space in one thing. Material, surface, volume, representation and our perception are built into one row, enter into an equal dialogue. A thing appears as a metaphor for different meanings, in a laconic and pure form, freed from unnecessary details, from the narrative and mythology introduced into it. Revealing in the audience’s perception, his works show different aspects of sculpture as such, in fact sculpturality.
Sobolev methodically explores these aspects. He dissects our perception of scale by presenting a scalable model of the sculpture – and a life-size fragment of it.
He shows the conventionality of the perception of form in the relationship between sculpture and light – and saturates these relationships with complex drama. We are convinced of the original tactility of the sculpture and the autonomy of our representation of the form. Invisible, hidden from the eyes, the sculpture returns to us the space of the antique reception with its tactile vision through the tactile representation of the thing. He creates sculpture as a form of adjacent spaces – sculpture from streams of light just like from natural materials, the neighborhood of spaces, understood as a surface, is endowed with the autonomy of texture and color.»
– Alexander Evangeli (curator, art critic, contemporary art theorist)