Pavel Pepperstein & Inspection "Medical Hermeneutics" (Mythogenic Love of the Castes)
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    Pavel Pepperstein & Inspection "Medical Hermeneutics"


    Artist, writer and theorist, founder of the «psychedelic realism» Pavel Pepperstein was born in 1966 in the family of Moscow artist Victor Pivovarov, who was representative of the romantic conceptualism. Pavel seems to inherite from his father the romanticism and idealism that reflectes in all of his works.

    "Russia City", 2007

    In 1987 Pepperstein graduated from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow and created art group Inspection "Medical Hermeneutics" with Sergey Anufriev and Yuri Leiderman. In 1991 Yuri Leiderman left the group and was replaced by Vladimir Fedorov.

    The ideology of "Medical Hermeneutics" is transmitted through a combination of very different descriptive languages: from the modern philosophy and theological doctrines to the language of psychiatry and pharmacology. And this fusion creates a completely unique style of presentation. So quasi-scientific texts achieve very positive results. In the period between two putsches (1991-1993) a whole layer of young artists united around the Inspection "Medical Hermeneutics". Then it used to be called "Estonia" circle.

    Drawings, 1980

    "Riding the sorcerer", 2000

    "Hippies and Boxer"

    The group doesn’t divide personal and group activities. In the late 80s - early 90s in its perticipants were really presenting a kind of co-working. However dominant role of Pepperstein became increasingly clear with the Leiderman’s departure. Since 1998th, he has started an individual's career and has taken the full responsibility for the actions of "Medical Hermeneutics".

    I see my own role [in the MH - OB] in the introduction of some dogmatic authorities in the spirit of the Buddhist "middle path". Spaces created for rest, recreation, entertainment and recuperation have always fascinated me. Sign of MH is a girl and a boy walking along a forest path towards the "gingerbread cottage".

    Pavel Pepperstein, artist

    One of the most striking results of the creative activity of the group became the novel "Mythogenic Love of the Castes" (by Pavel Pepperstein and Sergey Anufriev, 1999-2002). It’s a psychedelic novel about the Second World War. The main character was lost in the dense forest and military actions develop in his mind paralleling to those that occured on the battlefield. The characters of Russian folk tales came into the fight with the characters of German fairy tales. From the one side it’s a kind of symbolic language that is understood by everyone. But for Pavel it has a particular meaning because his parents were employed in the Soviet "industry of childhood". They used to decorate children's books.

    "Political Hallucinations". Drawings, 2004. Courtesy of Kamm Gallery, Berlin

    Probably the most bright Pepperstein’s project of recent years is a futurological project "Russia City" (2007, Regina Gallery, Winzavod). The artist has written an open letter to the President of Russia and heads of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In this letter, he was outraged the principles of the new development of the two capitals which distorts the faces and souls of the old cities. He suggested to preserve Moscow and St.Pete as openair museums and adjust the city named Russia between them. The new one is supposed to be a new capital. The letter was appended with explanatory drawings of the artist.

    "Russia City", 2007

    I would like to see Russia as a giant protected land which is carefully preserved. But it requires the highest culture level. And it’s not longer a capitalist economy but quite a sacral. And the main thing of course is an environment. A person should not be put at the forefront. He should be on a par with other living beings.

    An ideal society should be arranged on the principles of «eco socialism». By the way entry into the "Russia" reserve should ideally be strictly limited. This area should not include a large number of people. And to limit fertility. It’s not based on any racist ideas, not at all. People simply don’t have to hammer space. It prevents them from fulfilling their primary mission which is to understand. Now humanity is still rapidly destroyed than have time to think about that.

    Pavel Pepperstein, artist

    "The dollar and the Cyclops", 2008

    "OBAMA-MAMA", 2008

    "Black Square and Campbell (Or - Or)", 2008

    This spring comes a new collection of stories by Pavel Pepperstein «Vesna» (Spring). This story, written in different years and united by a common experience of spring. Pavel and Moscow artist Ivan Razumov has been decorating this book. One can see the drawings up to March 15th in the ArtBerloga Gallery on Winzavod.

    Spring, summer, autumn and winter are very powerful ancient gods, who largely shaped the various cultures, including our own. Actually, the book describes the ways in which these ancient experiences may exist now. And of course in some sense the collection is devoted to whether a new springtime of mankind is possible.

    Pavel Pepperstein, artist

    Drawings for new book "Vesna" (Spring), 2009

    Official bio of Pavel Pepperstein

    Up to 2 May 2010 "MH" group takes part in the exhibition "A History of Irritated Material" in Raven Row gallery (London).

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    01 Mar 10 | Views: 5969 | Tags: Vladimir Fedorov, Sergey Anufriev, Pavel Pepperstein, Yuri Leiderman

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