An image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures

Svetlana Kopystiansky

(Russia, United States of America 11 Nov 1950 – )

Correct figures / Incorrect figures

Not on display
Further information

Svetlana Kopystiansky uses a variety of media, from sculpture to drawing, photography, film and installation. Born in Russia, both Svetlana and her husband Igor identified with the aspirations of the Russian avant-garde, and at the same time, their works are made in dialogue with American and British conceptual art of the late 20th Century.1

The drawings ‘Correct figures / Incorrect figures’ were made in the period prior to the artist's emigration from Russia to New York. Clearly referencing Malevich, these drawings depict opaque black shapes – a square, a cross and a circle, in combination with two slightly lopsided black shapes – a distorted square and a cross with one edge shaved off. These ‘incorrect’ figures destabilise the symmetry of the work as a whole. Combining the heritage of the Russian avant-garde and Suprematism with the influence of post-minimalism and conceptual art, ‘Correct figures / Incorrect figures’ invoke and subvert the artist’s avant-garde inheritance.

1. Igor Kopystiansky, correspondence with Anthony Bond, Art Gallery of NSW, 08/11/2010

ink on paper with type-written text, unique work, 6 panels
6 panels: each 41.5 x 30.0 cm sheet; 61.0 x 47.5 x 2.5 cm frame :
Sheet; 41.5 x 30 cm; each sheet
FRAME; 61 x 47.5 x 2.5 cm; each frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2006
Accession number
© Svetlana Kopystiansky