ALEXANDER PONOMAREV АЛЕКСАНДР ПОНОМАРЕВ

 

Atlantic ocean
2006

Action.

FOAM PLASTIC,
FELT-PEN.

 

The project is a series of graphic objects created during an expedition on the Akademik Ioffe research vessel. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean along 60 degrees north latitude, the artist created 50 self-portraits, using 9-cm-tall polystyrene cups as a basis. Then every 30 miles one of the selfportraits was submerged into the depth of 1,000 to 3,000 meters along with the oceanological equipment. Mighty pressure of the water layer squeezed the cup; it shrunk accordingly, and the artist’s self-portrait shrunk with it. The size is one of the major characteristics of a graphic work of art. By changing the size of the portrait, the ocean acts as the artist's co-author. Coordinates of sites in the Atlantic Ocean, where portraits were submerged into the water, form a line, which is referred to as a section in oceanology.