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About This Project

The exclusive hand-made book edited in 50 copies contains 16 poems by Joseph Brodsky   accompanied   by   16   woodcut   illustrations   by   Vladimir   Nasedkin executed with the application of xylography, a unique wood engraving technique quite rare for our days.

Each double-page spread of the book is displayed on a wooden stand placed in the center of the exhibition hall and along the walls. Each artwork and poem are engraved on wooden boards using a technique that dates back to Venice of the

15th century.

All the double-page spreads are also collected in one block-book and contain an annotation in English. The poems are in the Russian language.

My   illustrations   to   Brodsky’s   poems   are   called   illustrations   mostly   for convenience, as they are rather gravures dedicated to the subject of the Master’s poetry as a whole, and I hope they embody the quintessence of the Poet’s creative spirit willing to comprehend the mystery of the eternity by guesswork rather than by logic.

I apply the principle of understatement, implication, aesthetic allusion, so as to

involve the viewer’s imagination and to individualize the perception process and make it as unique as the process of creation itself.

The  seashore,  the  wave,  the  lagoon,  the  landscape    everything  is  subject  to

motion and light, and the silvery background is not only a surface, it is the Space. The Space with its own laws, stress fields, accents and periphery, where hollow spaces and pauses bear the main rhythmical and emotional load.

Each woodcut is numbered and signed by the artist. Number of books issued: 50.

Book No.      of 50

Moscow 2011