George Pusenkoff unites in his work two realms that have rarely been so intimately linked: the history of art and culture in the modern era, and the world of digital imaging involving the new media and computer technology. Many of Pusenkoff’s motifs originate from the visual agenda of the last hundred years. Above all, he regularly returns to such icons of Modernist painting, citing them and transposing them into a new visual aesthetic.
But more than any other image from the history of art, it is Leonardo da Vinci’s of the “Mona Lisa” that occupies centre stage in his creative interests. George Pusenkoff has translated Leonardo’s beauty with the help of the computer and digital media technology into a visual language that fits our times, and opened up new levels of interpretation. This is especially true of his conceptual works based on this famous portrait, as for instance the photographically documented voyage of his version of the “Mona Lisa” painted in yellow and black as it travelled through Russia and ultimately space. The truly astonishing voyages that the work has undergone are no less part of the catalogue Mona Lisa Travels than Pusenkoffs ”Tower Mona Lisa”.