This Kiss is more than just a kiss. It’s a physical manifestation of love and emotion ripe with meanings and full of interactions, communication of feeling through action, but also a proof of concept of a dimension, where even the blind can see. A fine artwork as a versatile tool in our able hands and minds. Certainly, always food for thought.
Now here’s painting that will outlive us all, of a kiss that doesn’t fade, which you can get for some fiat money that won’t last. A kiss that can mean quite a few things. Like in a mirror your glance catches a reflection of a part of yourself at any given moment. Quite different at times. It is the viewer’s freedom and privilege to endow the Kiss with your own perspective, your own meaning, your own truth. But what will you see – a kiss of joy, friendship, love, lust, forgiving, greeting or letting go?
Conceptually malleable but physically defined: original, square meter, black and white, splash technique painting with an unmatched texture that lets you see so much more. What the paint shows you from afar is a kiss with all its meanings, but moving closer you see the shapes diffuse the forms of the whole painting dissipate and the paint itself emerges in detail. You see the intricate structure of the surface appearing to resemble a neural network that is woven of strings of paint. The visual aspect of this painting is complex, explorable and deep, different as you look at it from a distance or come up close.
However, the true depth is hidden within extra dimensions that the Kiss embeds. Should You be brave enough to close Your eyes and interact with the painting as if You’re blind, you’ll realize that a blind one can “see”, too. Literally. As You shut Your eyes and gently glide your fingertips over the surface, while touching the tip of the paint, You may unexpectedly decipher the texture. There’s something more to it.
I’ve seen it happen… On a late spring day in 2019 I brought this painting to the school for the blind in Kyiv to “show” it to blind kids and let them interact with it. There were eight 90%+ blind kids in the classroom where I’ve set up the painting on the wall. I briefly introduced myself and exploration started. Lively, but gentle first touches visibly slowed down as their fingertips perceived more and more details, trying to feel, read it – unveil something, perhaps. One of the boys, really got into exploring the painting. He took his time. It looked as if he couldn’t stop. The boy got something out of that experience, because he was moved to tears. His hands, fingers deciphered the texture in their own way “seeing” a dimension of this work that we, the visually unimpaired, can’t even imagine. The kids were great and just a painting got them excited, smiling, talking about a new and worthwhile experience. A simple experiment that confirmed the existence of a real, explorable, tactile dimension within the Veiling Series*.
The Kiss painting is part of the ongoing “Veiling Series.” It is a largely process and technique based series with a strong concept characterized by a game of “Veiling” / hiding / protecting a truth by diffusing it and layering a multiplicity of interpretations and challenging perspectives. Several paintings from this series, including the Kiss, made my solo exhibition that filled 800 sq. m (8600 sq.ft) floor of GiZ/U-Lead office in Kyiv from November 2018 to April 2019 and appeared in corresponding print and digital, internal and public media.
Title : Kiss
Artist : Kirill Marlinski
Type : Oil on canvas painting
Size : 100 * 100 cm / 40 * 40 in
Year : 2017
Front : Monogram, Year
Back : Title, Signature
Hang : Two D-rings, wire
Frame : None / Optional
Docs : Certificate of Authenticity
Ship : Worldwide (except russia)
Price : EUR 12400 all inclusive
Extra : Wall space required