Alexei Gordin

My studio is just an ordinary apartment where most of my artworks are born.

What I do in one sentence: I live.

Why I didn’t get a proper job: Because being an artist is a proper job, I think. Only the income is not proper from time to time.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: Sometimes I am dreaming about building my own house that would be a living and working space and an artwork at the same time.

Why I do what I do: Because I have an unpleasant, nasty feeling, when I don’t do what I think I should do. I don’t know the origin of that feeling but I guess it’s a built-in anti-anxiety system.

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): There are a lot of artists constantly changing in my watch list usually directed by Instagram algorithms. One of the latest favorites is Richie Culver. I like the trolling attitude of this guy towards the art world. I like artists who use the absurd and play with text and found images. Meme artists in some point. Also want to mention Russian artist Pavel Otdelnov. Great painter who deals with collective traumatic memory of USSR through depicting abandoned buildings and ruins. I am often fascinated by the history of ruins.

I am afraid of losing memory.

I know that a piece is finished when it looks good on my phone screen. People perceive art mostly through phone screens nowadays so it is important.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: Having gothic youth I am still deeply sympathize to graveyards and cemeteries. I found them a great place to rest and relax. Like parks but way more quiet and with less people. Also I am ok with the idea of having responsible parties in the graveyard. I would like to be burned and placed in a house designed like a tomb in that way that people can always chill there, listen to music, drink beer or wine, hide from rain etc. In other words, I want teenagers to have a party place tomb. Graffiti would be also welcome.