Stas Bags is a Russian artist. A graduate of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in the fields of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Bags later pursued a degree from the PRO ARTE Foundation's School of Young Artists of the (St Petersburg). Bags's career in contemporary art grew out of his long-term professional occupation with graffiti.
The artist uses sculpture, painting and installations to create new meanings between polarizing concepts. He builds constructs from the opposites, which cannot exist without – and in a way define – each other, such as life–death, black–white, warm–cold, etc. He melds mismatched objects such as body parts and everyday objects, raising questions about human nature. His works examine the personal, the intimate, simultaneously touching on the subject of the power of differences on a more global scale.
Many of Bags's works manifest the concept of time. Yet they do not mimic the effect of its duration, instead creating a sterile, sealed space that draws the audience into the pause between actions. All elements in his works are symbols, each serving as a separate core of the centre of gravity frozen in time.
Checkpoint Charlie – the Etagi loft project, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2015.
Joseph Beuys Had No Choice – Kadieff Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 2013.
Crash – Anna Nova Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia, 2015).
Milk and Vodka Design for Our Own Exhibitions – Vykhod Media Centre, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 2011.
Name – A trans Pavilion, Berlin, Germany, 2010.