Anatoly Kamensky is the second representative of the Soviet Nonconformist movement featured in the exhibition. In his “Aquarium” cycle various modes of traditional portraiture are collided and layered upon one another: a full-frontal, a profile, and a three-quarter portraits merge within the pictorial frame. His pastel silhouettes enter the stratums of the collage space sparking a silent conversation.
Charcoal and papier-mâché are artistic tools that allow for an enlarged and generalised presentation of form, thus shifting focus to the entirety of the image. At the same time, the two techniques are defined by their texture: coarse yet smooth with a sketch-like quality. The charcoal portraits of Arsen Abdurakhmanov and miniature sculptural works of Egor Plotikov emit a sensation of incompleteness from within.