June 16, 2011 - Strelnikov is a mysterious character to me, a melding of person and persona. This work that I was very pleased to receive seems (and we all come at this from different angles) like something from the Third Generation of mail-artists Ruud Janssen has described: a great wave in the late 1980s and into the 90s that brought many newcomers into the established movement. Maybe it's the use of black & white, maybe it's the accident of the name - Strelnikov conjures the weird paranoia of the Cold War Era and its wake.
Strelnikov's work often has political overtones and is sometimes militaristic, yet there is nagging ambiguity about it. Some of that derives from its reliance on surrealism. The work I've seen strongly suggests there was more interest in surrealism in the Third Generation than is seen today, but these are only musings and speculations - Strelnikov's interesting and distinctive work inspires that. Here's the second piece Strelnikov sent, different but still very interesting:
Strelnikov has a blog that only seems to take you into his world more fully, like discovering a vast conspiracy in a dream, without answering the most pertinent questions:
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."