Pakhomov’s multi-part paintings on wooden panels, such as the vibrant Russian Landscape, contain a faint echo of traditional altarpieces and fold-out icon paintings. But with their bold, expressionistic style combining text and image, they also mirror the immediacy of political posters and picket signs. Each of the ten panels illustrates scenes suggesting burning, violence and chaos, factory work and barren landscapes. These vignettes serve as a narrative backdrop, but the real star of the work is Pakhomov’s exuberant use of arresting, irregular lettering that captions each frame like an engorged, almost irrational headline.

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