Alexander Ponomarev (b. 1957) is a Russian artist who lives and works in Moscow. A nautical engineer and a practiced submariner, Ponomarev uses experiences obtained from his travels to the depths of oceans and across arctic terrains as a lens through which to view the world. He primarily explores the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. In both his multimedia installations and works on paper, the artist emphasizes the human imagination as a component in the creation of machines; much like Da Vinci’s flying machine sketches, they collapse the difference between technology and art in order to encourage the production of machines for constructive, pleasurable discovery rather than destructive, militaristic purposes. Ponomarev has staged performances in Northern European seas that draw from Alan Kaprow’s Happenings. His works are notably influenced by the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, and its theme of humanity’s dependence on a vessel to save them.
“Since 1996 I have been evolving the idea of ‘wreck art,’ the art of perished ships, because I have the persistent feeling that our situation is hopeless…”More