Born in 1967, Spiridon Neven DuMont died, aged 28, in 1995. In the short span of just four years he created an impressive (and impressively large) oeuvre of photography, drawing, and painting. Spiridon sees the world in a patchwork manner, but, unlike reality, he achieves the creation of a whole both in and through his art. New angles of vision of space and time, subject and motif, approaches and alienations alternate in his art.
Limited experiences between life and death, the real and the imagined, mediation and transgression take turns in governing his aesthetic production.
Spiridon Neven DuMont confronts pictorial spaces, those of architecture, for instance, or spatially interpreted landscape photographs, with the dynamically designed, non-figurative style of abstract painting. He thus creates, in his drawings and collages, a new space between the two forms of art: created via their combination. There are distinct codes visible in his paintings. He knows how to make use of the grandeur and variety of painting by deploying strong colours in a very focussed manner. His works, however, need not necessarily be figurative. They can also be abstract, disconnected from direct form; no depictive representation is necessary. He takes all general characteristics, stripped of contingency and variation, away from his objects and re-designs them, turning them into even more universal constructs, yet endowed with new correlations. This abstraction makes possible an otherwise unattainable way of seeing.
In his photographs, multiple exposure is a means of arriving at challenging pictorial representation, mirrors split up reality into conflicting images, the usual character of everyday photography as accurate depiction becomes utterly useless. Contradiction is intended, as the world itself is full of contradictions. On all levels.
But Spiridon doesn’t go about his business in a dogged, overly serious, moral or patronizing manner. Rather, there is responsible easiness and liberating irony. The situation seems hopeless, but not serious.
Spiridon Neven DuMont. Malerei, Fotografie, Zeichnung - Eine Retrospektive, 13.09.2008 - 31.12.2008, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie
Die Arbeiten Spiridon Neven DuMonts wurden 1995 in Einzelausstellungen im Marble Palace Museum in St. Petersburg, Russland, 2002 in Completo del Vittoriano, Rom, Italien und 2005 in der Kunsthalle Tübingen gezeigt.