“By choosing an abstraction as the author’s style, he automatically encourages the viewer to think, to rebuild with respect to the work he created.“ Art is very associative and fantasy, ”is a quote from the author's essay“ Living in Color ”, published in the form of elegant, small the format of the book for one of the solo exhibitions in Moscow. The essay is the key to understanding the work of the author and at the same time one of the forms of creativity. He uses not only the means of painting, but also the possibility of verbal interpretation of the origins of the image, thereby blowing the practice of the avant-garde - to accompany and approve creativity as a manifesto. Using a set of geometric shapes and lines, E. Yakovlev creates an image endowed with symbolic meaning. This is clearly manifested in a series of works devoted to the modern city, including “The advantage of the intersection”, “Observing the city” , “Song is an epic multi-unit.” In the geometrical image of the urban city, the rhythm and energy of the metropolis are transferred, which, according to the author, is a comfort zone for him. He is well versed in it, feels and accepts this space as an environment giving a creative impulse. Eugene does not write a cityscape or view of the city. It comes from details, noticed lighting effects, characteristic only for the city. This is its difference from the open countryside of the suburbs or coasts, where the horizon is a combination of air and land or air and water and, therefore, has a smoother outline. The emotional coloring of the city is often expressive, which requires certain color combinations, which Yakovlev also resorts to: yellow, blue, red, green. But if the language of abstraction is concise, then the author's essays included in the exhibition give an emotional world in which Eugene is extremely open. "
Ph.D. in History of Arts,
Associate Professor, FEFU School of Arts and Humanities,
member of the Union of Artists of Russia