Bladerunner
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 24x20 in

  • This painting paraphrases Young Acrobat on a Ball, a famous 1905 work by Pablo Picasso from his Blue Period.
  • In Picasso's painting, a mighty athlete is sitting on a stone in the foreground as a slender girl balances on a ball. The man is still and steady, while the girl is balanced and active, symbolizing movement and life.
  • Picasso's image is based on contrasts. He was sure that any physical body could be represented in the form of planes and edges. Young Acrobat proved this with the two-dimensional main space of the painting in which all of the rest, the hills and life in the distance, are pushed convincingly into the realm of illusion.

Vladimir Kush brings back the three-dimensional realities of shape and color. By injecting an element of drama through the image of the razor's edge on which the girl balances, Bladerunner shows that the contradiction between such opposites as hard stone and the flexibility of life goes far beyond a postmodernist trick. As she balances on the brink of an abyss, she performs a dangerous stunt that is part of the game of life. The mighty athlete in the foreground is made of stone and covered by a grapevine, like a living monument. The sun enlivens the landscape while simultaneously piercing it with rays that are as sharp as blades. A flower resting on the razor next to the girl is an important symbol of the glory and resilience of life. It too manages to survive – or perhaps even flourish – on the edge.