Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song
Absolutely Augmented Reality
A colorful parallel existence: The New York-based artist duo Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song
1st edition, 2020
Text in English
160 pages, 110 color illustrations
24 x 30 cm
Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song’s Absolutely Augmented Reality takes as its subject the intersection of fine art, photography, and the idea of authorship through a series of richly saturated, theatrical, and symbolic images that use costume, character, and allegory to create a sense of exploration and melancholic intrigue. In this dream world of strange and alluring portraiture, the viewer is delighted by a host of archetypal images, hybrid creatures, surreal motifs, and canonical postures, as well as inversions of iconic art historic references.
Appealing to fine art, design, and photography fans alike, this new book features some one hundred color images from Vostrikov and Song’s previously unpublished collaborative work. Alongside the photographs it features a brief introductory text by art historian Rosa J. H. Berland and critical essays by art critic Anthony Haden-Guest and Lilly Wei, as well as two interviews with the artists conducted by Iona Whittaker and Arnau Salvadó.
Kuzma Vostrikov, born 1977 in Russia, is multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of experimental photography, film, and writing. He lives in New York.
Ajuan Song, of Chinese origin, lives and works in New York as an artist and photographer whose practice includes analog, digital photography, and multimedia works.
Anna Gvirts is an artist, photographer and book designer who lives and works in her native Moscow and New York City.
«Ein hervorragend gemachtes Buchdesign mit einem aufgezogenen Titelfoto überzeugt auf ganzer Linie. Klappt man das Kunstbuch auf, wird man von den fantastischen Fotoideen hin und weg sein. Ein Vergnügen was einen hier zwischen mit Leinen überzogenen Buchdeckeln erwartet.» Horst Tress, Magazin Köllefornia