”Cities are complex environmental organisms and are constantly renewing themselves - and buildings don't need to be complete before they become interesting. Yuri Avvakumov, influenced by Russian constructivist photography, often finds inspiration in building sites, cranes and scaffolding. To capture this building site on 2nd Brestskaya street in Moscow, he shot from a high vantage point and tilted the camera at an angle, composing so that the crane jib formed a strong diagonal across the frame. The positioning of the workers appeared almost choreographed, as though they were on stage set rather than a construction site”.


       David Wilson - Photographing Buildings, 2001

 

Yuri Avvakumov / PhotoProp


AgitArch

art & architecture





CuratOrg

art organization





iWebGallery

photography since 2000




Portraits

since 1990





StarrySky

2007





Powers

1999-2006





Scales

2003/04





AzBuKa

2006





Steps

1999-2006





Towers

1999-2016






Garage

K.Melnikov, 1927

photo 2005




Gorodki

5min. b/w film

2005




Zeuxxxis

1999-2006





24Photo

curatorial project

2000-03




Tables

2009-2012





Alyona Kirtsova

iWeb site


 
It seems that Avvakumov is particularly attracted by space, whether it be open marine space or open space on land, that is only viewable, and thus cannot be subjected to precise and concrete development. The smooth surfaces of the sea and of fields transform into a game of perspectives, points of convergence and divergence, and thus on the images of the seascapes the artist overlays tables for the testing of vision: the traditional letter test (the ШБМНК table devised by Sivtsev) and the graphic test with rings developed by Landolt. The layers of various realities overlap one another, but this is not, for example, Bulatov’s interrelations between the text and image in the background – it is a play with meaning, an optical trick that knocks out of the spectator the arrogance of self-satisfied expectations and the seemingly guaranteed result that arises on viewing natural expanses.

Ekaterina Inozemtseva - Visual Test, 2012