Valeriy Kazas, born in 1964 in Krasnodar, Russia, completed his higher technical education in the same city. With over 25 years of experience in sculpture, he has been actively exhibiting his work since 1996. In 2013, he brought to life his first large-scale project, “Perm CORAL REEF,” which delved into large landscape sculpture. Kazas is a regular participant in the art residence in Kotor, organized by Marat Guelman in Montenegro, and he currently resides and works in Krasnodar.
Kazas engages with a seemingly ordinary situation—a vast, blank, white space punctuated by a minor event, a red spot, randomly positioned within it. While on the surface, this might not seem novel or innovative, it serves as a straightforward observation: a single point of action impacting a seemingly boundless and empty expanse. This is akin to a lifeless mosquito (preferably full) on a sterile wall; regardless of the wall’s size, its sterility is compromised. Additionally, a single sighting of the spot captures your complete attention, persistently reminding you of its presence.
Similar dynamics apply to sculptures in urban environments—whether visible or not, they occupy a continuous existence. In this context, the focus shifts away from the intrinsic nature of the object to its interaction with expansive and vacant space. The red spots, in this case, represent static, elementary structures placed on walls without adherence to compositional or representational balances. They are products of spontaneity, driven by the act itself. Neither form nor placement holds significance; the pivotal factor is scale, as space emerges as the essence of rhythm.