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Kon Trubkovich uses recollection as the primary source material for his works on paper, paintings, and videos, exploring personal and shared memories. His family’s departure from the USSR in 1990 was pivotal in forming his idiosyncratic visual vocabulary, as well as his interest in the universal aesthetics of memory. Drawing from these subconscious references, deteriorated home footage, and recorded history, his work reflects moments warped by both time and antiquated technology, which inherently degrade and disappear over time. His obscured and dislocated imagery illustrates the unfixed nature of identity and recollection. Trubkovich encourages us to consider the accuracy of memories and the difficulty in preserving experiences.

Kon Trubkovich (b. 1979, Moscow, Russia) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited nationally at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY; Zabludowicz Collection, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; United Artists, Ltd., Marfa, TX; and the Josyln Museum of Art, Omaha, NE. His work has shown internationally at Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; the Athens Biennial of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; The Garage Center for Contemporary Sculpture, Moscow, Russia; Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; and Palacio das Artes, Porto, Portugal.

Artworks

Kon Trubkovich
Toaster, 2019
Oil and UV ink on canvas
60 x 72 inches
(152.5 x 183 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Windshield, 2019
Oil, acrylic and UV ink on canvas
47 x 54 inches
(119.5 x 137 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Encore, 2019
Oil, acrylic and UV ink on canvas
47 x 54 inches
(119.5 x 137 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Dauphin, 2019
Oil, acrylic and UV ink on canvas
44.5 x 38 inches
(113 x 96.5 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Untitled (Portrait), 2019
Oil and UV ink on canvas
20 x 24 inches
(51 x 61 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Untitled (Portrait), 2019
Oil and UV ink on canvas
20 x 24 inches
(51 x 61 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
The Immobile, 2018
Oil and acrylic dispersion on canvas
72 x 60 x 2 inches
(183 x 152.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Kon Trubkovich
Aril (after Contes Barbares), 2018
Oil, acrylic dispersion, and UV ink on canvas
72 x 120 inches
(183 x 305 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Final Rehearsal, 2017
Oil paint, oil stick, and UV ink on linen
55.5 x 44 inches
(141 x 112 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
The man who hung onto the sky, 2017
Oil paint, charcoal, and UV ink on linen
60 x 72 inches
(152.5 x 183 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
The last song of the night, 2017
Oil on linen
72 x 60 inches
(183 x 152.5 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman

Kon Trubkovich
Untitled, 2017
Oil on linen
72 x 60 inches
(183 x 152.5 cm)
Photograph by Mats Nordman