Dimitri Kozyrev’s Lost Landscapes is a series of striking, minimalist paintings of urban landscapes that parallel the visual language of driving. Since a driver’s attention must be directed forward, environments diminish into the periphery and specific details are lost. In attempting to recreate the scenes from fragmented elements, the landscapes produced become autonomous energetic abstractions of the original visual experience rather than representational facsimiles.
Largely influenced by Russian Constructivists and Bauhaus scholars, Kozyrev’s minimalist aesthetic aims to immediately engage and disseminate information to the viewer with only basic elements. His expressive geometric compositions turn commonplace, prosaic scenes into compelling, dynamic works.