Sutulov, Alexander  [ chile ]

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My experience with long term projects such as the one presented, has created a path to understand and more so, become part of a consensus where people from different fields of knowledge are eager to share there experiences through a work which will transcend in time. It is of no surprise to discover the underlying sentiment of common experiences and how it translates into a form of culture. After researching the iconography of more than 4.000 years of mining history, where a genetic memory of sorts is been transmitted through generations; a sense of astonishment lingers to the infinite episodes which eventually derives to ones own existence. My first flight as a young boy on “Ladeco” (abbreviation for “copper airline”) to visit the biggest open pit mine in the world: “Chuquicamata” was not a mere coincidence. Later on my residence in Salt  Lake City and Denver, capitals of the mining industry, neither were a mere coincidence. It seems as if everything was arranged in order to encapsulate a hidden message which today becomes revealed through pictorial language. My convictions are of a propositional nature, were painting in its most generic form such as we may understand a coloured drawing is a key artistic expression which encloses as Guaguin described: “the past, the present and the future in one space”. In return, this may be a door to follow through a complex reality which concerns our destiny. In this measure, I believe to become each day more participative, where I can speak for others visually. Rather than falling into a self-referential rhetoric, to open one’s abilities to others has proven to be the foundation of any culture.

1. Underground Mine & Milling Process Section, Chilean Mining Mural Project, 7 colour Ultra Chrome print on Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper, Laminated to PVC panel 4.10MT x 4.20MT
 US$ 1,990

2. Metallurgical & Smelting Process Section, Chilean Mining Mural Project, 7 colour Ultra Chrome print on Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper, Laminated to PVC panel 4.10MT x 4.20MT

3. Pre-Columbian & Colonial Period Section, Chilean Mining Mural Project, 7 colour Ultra Chrome print on Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper, Laminated to PVC panel 6.15MT x 3.15MT

 US$ 990

4 .Mining Industrialization & Mineral Sciences Section, Chilean Mining Mural Project, 7 colour Ultra Chrome print on Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper,Laminated to PVC panel 6.15MT x 3.15MT










Short Biography:
Alexander Sutulov was born in Concepción, Chile, in 1962. He attended the Institute of Contemporary Art in Santiago from 1980 to 1984 and continued his study of art at the University of Utah from 1985 to 1987 with emphasis in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. From 1988 to 1990 he worked and collaborated at artist co-op Artspace and Stonehenge where he researched handbuilt techniques with stoneware, porcelain, wood and metal. He worked as an independent artist at the University of New Mexico Printmaking Department from 1990 to 1992. His work at the time with various printing techniques was focused in the use of second generation images. He continued his graphic work with Atelier Sutulov-Gienger from 1992 to 1994 where in conjunction with Black & Blue Press, Golden, New Mexico, he specialized in the use of positive and negative plates for hand printed lithographic limited editions. From 1994 to 1996 he divided his work between Chile and the United States applying his printmaking experience in digital generated images for mural painting and lithographic limited editions. Since his return to Chile in 1994, the artist has been part of a variety of corporate and institutional art projects such as: History of Chilean Mining Mural Project, 3 story digital mural commisioned by Chilean Bureau of Mines and the University of Concepción, History of Concepción Mural Project commissioned by the Bío-Bío North Ream Urban Development Project and the recently inaugurated Gasco Energy Sculpture Project commissioned by Gasco gas company in Santiago. Since 1990 he showed several graphics work in selected Group and Solo Exhibitions in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan and United States. The artist studio is currently devoted to a wide range of digital art projects specializing in digital painting, fine art limited editions, editorial projects, digital murals, multimedia, corporate and institutional commissioned art projects for public and private spaces.

Work Description:
The work presented is based on digital art project: “History of Chilean Mining Mural Project” which had its genesis in 1998 where the University of Concepción in conjunction with the Chilean Bureau of Mines established a policy of promoting the image of Chile as a mining culture. The current mural encompassing two 3 story high wall sections at the new Metallurgical Engineering Building at the University of Concepción, will be inaugurated in August of 2005.

Sections 1 and 2 were based on a model which describes mineral process throughout the biggest underground mine in the world. “El Teniente” with its more than 3.000 kilometres of tunnels is a hallmark in human achievement, representing a live testimony of copper industry development in the past century.

Sections 3 and 4 narrate the history of Chilean mining dating back to the first metallurgical activity circa 2.200 BC and its gradual evolution to contemporary times, where copper ores reserves and its  by-products has been the backbone of predetermining Chile as a world leader in mining activity. The culmination of the historical section is the pioneering activity in scientific research and how Chilean mining empirical knowledge is challenging the offset of environmental issues which will be decisive in the future of world economy and viable solutions to natural resources devastation.