ALEXEI KOSTROMA. 1962 born in Russia, lives and works in Berlin.
In the early 1990s Alexei Kostroma proclaims a new trend in contemporary art – organic, which can be traced to some highly original works of early-twentieth-century Russian Avant-Garde. It was this “organic” path, connected with the study of the laws of development of animate nature that allowed Kostroma to form his personal approach and his concept of the relationship between aesthetic theory and creative practice in contemporary art. His oeuvre is always rooted in research regarding the process of interaction between nature and man, and he strives to integrate the resulting knowledge into the social environment. The artist always follows several directions of the development of his subject, speaking about internal problems of human existence through the laws of the functioning of nature and perceiving the world as a single entity. What happens in nature is the starting point of his reflection, in nature as a physical and cultural-historical phenomenon. “Everything that surrounds us and everything inside us serves as material for work”.
Alexei Kostroma chooses some very original material for his work – white feathers.
Alexei Kostroma: “For me feathers were never primarily decorative material, – says the artist, – this is why I absolutely exclude any color in this material. White is not just purity and primeval existence. White is the beginning of everything, even in painting. A feather for me is a sign of lightness and purity. A feather attracts, it charms, it has absolutely no aggression…”.