Caviar pattern set is the third and possibly the most symbolic of all print collections, made for Andrey Repin FW2011. Based on loose unbound composition panels peculiarly filled with skulls, smoke, medallions and flowers. The pattern also features complex geometric shapes and renaissance monkey-like figures, representing the play of God and vain of human efforts. XVII century Flemish flower bouquets also influenced the pattern. The set was created in three color variables: heliotrope, bluebird and flame scarlet.
Perola Barroca was conceived in the depth of rhinoceros flesh of war. The concept of Perola Barroca was coined by Portuguese merchants and only means "irregularly shaped pearl" or "sick pearl". The name became associated with the entire first half of 17th century.
I will be using the name henceforth to denote the Soul of Thirty Years' War - it existed but for a short time, yet remained forever and I often hear its echoes in people even today.
Perola Barroca is the chiaroscuro, the road of vagrant farce, the collision of prayer and blasphemy, a kind of measured madness. The human being is no longer a cell in the common columbarium of classes, not a selfish bonvivant. It is now a tireless werewolf, an actor, but not a hypocrite. In its changes, the Perola Barroca remains itself.
As he moves on along the Path of Life, the Character turns alternatively into a knight, a vargant, a merchant, a doctor or a poet. The world is open. It has no borders or centers.
Between usual christian hell and paradise a long way crawled by ancient idols, pseudo-scientific theories, spirits of elements, cabbala daemons, strange gods of America, Java, Japan has went. By the way aztec god Huitzilopochtli was nicknamed by Europeans as Vitzliputzli and was made it one of the daemons of christian tradition, which however was in charge of devil's grass - smoking and shewing tobacco.
Perola Barokka follows on this way with a constant curiosity. If Renaissance hasn't had hope for tomorrow, Perola Barroka isn't having ideas where and who will be it after one hour.
Flesh already isn't something to fear or to be errected in absolut. War death is too close and it is a last deal to cherich the body.
The most frightful is not that they are strugling each other - death and life, love and lust, feat and villainy - Perola Barroka knows they get along together in one body. Incessant buzz of Giant's distaff is annoying entire war Europe by the nights.
Felix Maximov "Perola Barroca"
by Jan Davidsz de Heem (1606-1683)
This painting features at least four Semper Augustus tulips. These flowers were considered extremely valuable at the time the painting was commissioned.
Designed by Maxim Bondarenko for Andrey Repin
Patterns: © Maxim Bondarenko 2010
Photographs: © Maxim Bondarenko 2010