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Born in Russia, Vladimir Tomin is a graphic illustrator, designer, and short filmmaker. He has worked professionally with MTV Worldwide, Toyota, Reebok, and Adidas, to name a few. He's known for creating smart videos in which he manipulates reality in the most convincing way possible. This short film will be looped and projected on an entire wall in the Bernier Room. Visit www.tomin.works to find out more about the artist.
My current work explores connections and the emergence of patterns in the intersections of lines, textures and values in my attempt to comprehend the contradictions and stressors of daily life. In an increasingly complicated, varied and noisy environment, I am concerned with role of individual voice. Individual efforts struggling to reach out and chart a path, buffeted and twisted by external forces; these are the catalyst. Striving outward, pushing forward, digging out, uncovering, all these are essential impulses to counteract being acted upon, usurped and held back.
Each piece starts with a version of the same mark, which is expanded with various mixed media (acrylic, ink, pastel, charcoal, graphite etc). I see lines, patterns, spaces and more lines, and I just want to push and pull, blur and sharpen those until I find the unique rhythm of the piece.
That the discoveries uncovered in my works also weave and connect with other artists' works is a real joy and adds layers of meaning which I hope is also experienced by viewer. I appreciate the opportunity to create, observe, and participate.