"I call my sculptures plastic metaphors. At the same time, I always refer to the fundamental themes, which are life-defining constants. They turn to anchor as navigational symbols in this complex, confusing and spontaneous flow of life." The sculpture "Contact" is about what is present in life at every moment.
It is a touch, a handshake, basic human communication. It is all about interconnection, pairing, interpenetration, nesting one into another, compatibility. A visual image of a broad philosophical concept.
Contact is one of the most important aspects of life. Now it has become especially significant. It becomes more and more dangerous for a person to remain in a closed, existential space with himself. The need for communication and constant contact with the outside world, has become a vital necessity. Each person, like a neuron of the brain, seeks to join the system of relations, to become a part of the global process.These contacts, both distant and close, provide an opportunity for informational, emotional and energetic exchange. It is no coincidence that we all live in the same world, on the same planet, and not everybody on his own, and we need to be able to interact and contact each other. Contact is one of the basic principles and meanings of our existence. For many, it is the main symbol of life, and this sculpture becomes its personification”.
Sergey Sobolev (SoboS) is an artist, sculptor, meta-designer, architect, art theorist, curator.
Was born in Moscow in 1975.
Graduated from the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum and Surikov Moscow Academic Art Institute.
Head of the Center for Contemporary Sculpture and Design METAOBEKT.
Art director of studio Ars form
Also, he is the head and creative director of the Neplosko design studio, the MOSSart studio and the Neoclassic project.
Works in the field of contemporary sculpture, art design and sculptural architecture.
Participant and laureate of numerous competitions in the field of sculpture, design, and architecture.
Participant of more than 50 thematic and personal exhibition projects.
Member of the Moscow Artists' Union, the Moscow Sculptors' Association, and the Moscow Designers' Union.
«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)