Theodor Bastard. Beloe: Hunting for Fierce Beasts
The exhibition at Erarta Museum presents Alexander Starostin, best known to the experimental music fans under the alias Theodor Bastard, as a universal artist. It features evocative paintings based on the graphic sketches made ten years ago in the restless state of cold-related fever. These drawings somehow fell in sync with the experimental music on Beloe: Hunting for Fierce Beasts album by Alexander Starostin's band Theodor Bastard, becoming an integral part of the record.
This work of paramount importance for the Russian ethnic music scene also inspired the sound installation which, together with the painted images, creates the atmosphere of a grim fairy tale.
Old mills haunted by minor evil creatures, beasts of prey and bloodshot flowers are the creepy images long forced into the dim recesses of our memory and no longer used in everyday life. More and more often modern parents indignantly slap shut Russian folktale collections, unwilling to read the unthinkably violent stories to their children. However, it is exactly the children with their relative cultural innocence who make the ideal audience for the archaic texts from the times of 'childhood of humanity.' They need no explanations for metaphors or evil actions of some magic swan geese. This is the theme addressed by Cuckoo video installation directed by Theodor Bastard and also featured in this exhibition.
About the artist:
Alexander Starostin, aka Theodor Bastard, is a Russian multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist, founder and leader of the eponymous band — one of the oldest and most acclaimed ethnic electronica and world music projects in Russia. Over more than two decades of its existence, the band gained a cult following and received numerous awards, including the Russian World Music Award and the Golden Gargoyle.