Utilizing John Rajchman's notion of "operative formalism," Feodor Voronov (b. 1980, St. Petersburg) creates optical terrains that splinter and twist around the central image of a word. Voronov investigates the nature of repetition in both form and language by painting harlequin patterns that are at once organic and methodical - an analysis of the human experience that borders on familiar but is clearly unique. Voronov toys with the formal aesthetics of the written word, evaluating its psychological roots in symbolism à la Magritte, while also embellishing upon the intrinsic habit of mark-making in the vein of Cy Twombly.
Voronov received his MFA from Claremont University (CA) in 2008, and has shown at Joshua Liner Gallery (NY), Laguna Art Museum (CA), and Concrete Walls (CA). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Art Museum (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Colleccion Jimenez-Colon (Puerto Rico), and the Frederick R. Weisman Founation Collection (CA). The recipient of the 2008 Hernandez Fellowship, and the 2007 Claremont Graduate University Fellowship, he lives and works in Los Angeles.