In the place where I was born and where I grew up, the eyes of the prophets, the saints and the angels are wide open. Generations of my kin looked into those eyes, but those eyes and their clear gaze are now directed at me. It is a gaze that invokes a sense of a special, personal connection and a feeling of ceremony and sanctity that follow me constantly.
In the beginning, there is only abstraction.
Different lines, colours and rhythms appear on the canvas and I intuitively recognize myself in them. I am always searching for that primary state from which the energy and the atmosphere will be transformed into a synthesis of emotions that will give birth to the gaze.
So begins my endless story of light, hands, eyes and faces that simultaneously look like everyone and no one.
Eye to Eye, the contact brings me closer to the pictorial space and enhances the expected presence. It hints at the strength and the magic of the moment which is yet to reach its zenith.
Aura, anima, longing, essence, catharsis…
These are not moments which have been selected randomly from my past experiences, but are happening now and are frozen in time somewhere between the before and after.
Passing by the artworks of Mihail Korubin, we start to shunt through a specific world of mega portraits, known, unknown , imaginative. Their monumentality is being imposed as a dominant paradigm that sets up the basic sensation between the recipient and the artwork. The viewer becomes the interactive entity in his/her individual perception of the exposed face. Aside from the impressiveness the portraits preach with their stylistic realization that is directly related to the skillfulness of Mihail Korubin to create dynamic colored expression. The color is sometimes fauvistic, wild and intensive, and often the complementary mergers of the colorings, posted one by another, shape the form suggesting the third dimension. In his works some frozen action is happening, on some we can identify, which is the action of the main actors (musicians), and on the others (because they are in imaginary and undefined areas) we can only presuppose it in accordance to our individual feeling ( sadness, rage, resignation, questions, fear, cry etc.). Whatever performance the portrait displays restrained reaction and impression, which emphasize the characteristic dimension of the particular individual and the psychological insight of her/his soul.
(Excerpt by Curator Ana Frangovska)