Hermes Zygott. Reanimated Icons

December, 2009 - January, 2010

Grosvenor Chapel, London

Curator: Victoria Golembiovskaya and Mariana Haseldine


Hermes Zygott’s exhibition Reanimated Icons came to London in a special partnership project with Mayfair’s historic Grosvenor Chapel.

Reanimated Icons was a contemporary Christmas project exploring the work of art as contemporary Icon, exhibited on illuminated light boxes. Zygott’s work is a metaphor for the continuation of humanity’s spiritual journey of self-discovery.

Some time ago Hermes came across an old wooden panel with the remains of an image. He could make out fragments of a figure, the background, and even slight traces of golden halo. Upon closer examination he suddenly realized that—through natural variations in the wood, darker rings and stained patches—the base layer formed an image of its own. It seemed that every element of the icon was sacred—even the wood it was painted on.

Icons depend on the sacredness of their surroundings and how they are honored. The aim of this unique project is to present an ancient Russian cultural tradition within a contemporary context and to invite participants to celebrate Christmas with true Russian spirit.

Hermes Zygott was born on the banks of River Neva in majestically aristocratic St. Petersburg. Brought to maturity in earthquake-ridden California, the artist is a modem age Sphinx, harmonically combining Eastern and Western thought. Zygott’s work marks a turning point between cultures, a search for the roots of light and sound that unite the ethnic origins of the planet.

Part of the money from sales went towards to the upkeep of the Grosvenor Chapel.

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