INTERVIEW WITH IGOR GUSHCHIN
OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity / work
Igor Gushchin: The sphere in which I work is not only my job but also my life. I can talk a lot about art, this is a phenomenon and a product of human consciousness. What distinguishes a person from an animal is the ability to express thoughts, experiences, emotions and ideas in the form of images, colors and compositions on canvases, paper and other surfaces, as some messages for the present and future!
The style of my author’s painting, which I have defined for myself, is non-standard, philosophical as Transcendental Art (Lat. transcendens – going beyond sensory experience). Kant defined this as what precedes sensory experience and makes experience possible (for example, space and time).
OCA: How did you choose your path and who is your role model in the creative space/ sphere of your art?
IG: I devoted myself a lot to reading philosophical and religious books in search of TRUTH. This is what prompted me to express my thoughts and ideas on canvases, since the language of painting has the ability through the composition of images, symbols, a certain color palette to convey to the viewer a new thinking and a new level of consciousness beyond the conventional three-dimensional dimension, and the ability to expand consciousness to a higher level of intelligence, helping to develop the civilization of society along a vertical line into the vastness of the universe. Most of my idols to follow are philosophers who preach cosmism: K.E. Tsiolkovsky, D. Chizhevsky, V. Vernadsky, science fiction writer Alexander Belyaev. as well as mystics of esoteric teachings, such as G.I. Gurdjieff, N.K. Roerich, H.P. Blavatsky, Sri Aurobindo, J. Krishnamurti and many others, but I especially like the architect Antoni Gaudí!
OCA: Which achievements of yours would you like to emphasize?
IG: In 2012, preparing for one of my exhibitions, I wrote a small book called “The Essence of Transcendental Art”. At the symposium in 2020 in Cyprus, I painted more than 100 works for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art, on the topic of Micro and Macro Space.
OCA: Do you have any personal projects that you would like to talk about?
IG: Yes, but for the implementation of my projects I need a sponsor. In general terms: a large architectural structure in modern style with rounded shapes in white, inside or inside of which there are giant frescoes depicting cosmic constellations and galaxies. I believe that our Creator is our Galaxy, and it should be depicted in the center of this NEW TEMPLE, as well as images on the walls of all saints and enlightened Teachers known throughout the entire life of mankind in cosmic light suits.
This will push a new generation of mankind to turn their attention again to the ancient teaching, the wise message of which has been left to mankind for eternity, for all ages. I mean the gospel.
OCA: What makes you different from other representatives of your field?
IG: It is possible that I stand out from other artists having a non-standard search for self-expression in art.
OCA: When and where have you heard about ECG for the first time?
IG: I don’t remember exactly when, but I’ve heard about it from Marlan Nyssanbaev, ambassador of the ECG in Almaty.
OCA: Tell us, please, about the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) and projects that you have already taken part in and how does ECG influence your creativity and success in your work?
IG: I like that there is such a wonderful society in Almaty! Interesting meetings are often held, and especially the fact that, thanks to ECG, there is an opportunity to participate in the openings of new exhibitions of artists, where you can show your new ideas on canvases and communicate about art with viewers and members of society
OCA: Are there any new projects of ECG, in which you plan to participate?
IG: Of course, I am always glad to participate in the openings of new exhibitions.
OCA: What is Eurasian Creative Guild for you and how do you see your future partnership?
IG: The Eurasian Creative Guild for me is a WINDOW to Europe and an opportunity to show my creativity and my ideas and thoughts to a wider circle of human society.
OCA: What would you wish for the members of the Guild and other creative people, just starting their career?
IG: To approach art, as a scientific research, seriously and consciously, relying on the old classical school of painting, but then, to look for new non-standard forms of self-expression through the cognition of Oneself in the space of our Being.