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Olga A. Urozhenko

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Olga A. Urozhenko — PhD in Philosophy, Professor, The first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin Ural Federal University, Lenin St. 51, 620000 Yekaterinburg, Russia. E-mail: snegogorod@yandex.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 52


pp. 251–260


May 27, 2018

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June 28, 2019

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The paper deals with a series of works by the famous Ural artist G. Rayshev not only at the level of formal art analysis, but above all at the level of painting`s involvement into the global processes of energy and information exchange between different layers of geocultural space. Rayshev’s works reveal a special Russian mentality associated with orientation of the country towards the sacred space of the North. The text examines the unique position of Russia, “deployed” to the North, both in terms of the location of the territory, as of its cultural and historical attractions. The author demonstrates energy and information interconnectedness of Russia with other spaces of the planet, as well as a major role of the Ural range in geocultural space of the Earth and importance of the vertical coordinate of Russia's interactions through the “North`s gate” with the “living” infinity of Space. Raishev's work draws on the traditions of Khanty mythology, yet the artist escapes the narrowness of national position and means of painting captures the subtle layers of space of the noosphere. In the series of paintings “Russian songs” we see the artist to visualize a thin stream of noospheric flows, transforming rudeness, rigidity of a daily life in Russia and giving energy to overcome “quicksandy feast”, “anguish and restlessness”. Thus, Northern orientation of Russian lands is considered a kind of guarantor of sustainable development of the country and its powerful creative potential.


Geo-cultural space, the North, Gennady Rayshev, modern painting, images of the noosphere, mythologem in art, temple consciousness.


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