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Featured 2012 Critique
On Thursday October 18, 2012, Cranbrook Academy of Art 2D student Anton Jeludkov submitted work for critique. Classmate Amy Nicole Dosen was selected to write a comprehensive critique of the work submitted. Writing is a major component of the 2D department's critique method. This page documents both the work submitted, and the written critique.

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Blinded by Steel
"Blinded by Steel" by 2013 student Anton Jeludkov. Installed for critique 10.18.2012. Mixed media and video projection.

Blinded by Steel
Detail view of "Blinded by Steel" by 2013 student Anton Jeludkov. Mixed media and video projection.

One of the most important components of the educational experience at Cranbrook is critique. Aside from the making process itself, it's our most powerful educational tool. The 2D department relies on two essential activities in the critique environment; discussion and writing. Each work that is submitted for critique is discussed for at least one hour among a group of peers, led by Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls. The work is also subjected to a written critique process. Twice a semester, each student in the department is tasked with writing a comprehensive critique of work under consideration. Over the course of the year Elliott Earls works intensively with the class to develop both verbal and written critique skills. This attached .pdf file is an example of the written component of the process. Click on the image below to read the writing submitted in relationship to Anton's work.

An Excerpt from the Review

The work is charged with BDSM imagery, but I feel neither pain nor pleasure. I feel an exchange in power when I stand below the poster; I consent to give the structure power over me, yet it does nothing with it. The lack of emotional or physical effect is similar to sexual frustration– I’m practically begging for it, but it won’t give it up. I’m left to ponder the cryptic language of the animation, begging to be blinded and knocked off my ass by something. I am also confused by the juxtaposition of heterosexual BDSM intercourse with a masturbating machine. I cannot draw any relation, beyond their taboo status. But beyond that, what’s the point? I can’t quite pinpoint what Jeludkov is trying to say. BDSM subculture is a very insider community, and this feels like an appropriation of BDSM imagery by an outsider. Its inability to deliver some pain, pleasure, or total loss of power makes the piece fall flat. Also, the craft of the sculptures, as impressive as it may be, still shows the minor imperfections of being handcrafted. I would not nitpick the brush strokes, bumps, and unevenness of the figures, were they not juxtaposed with the slick, mechanical, perfect technology of the masturbating machine. While I am impressed by Jeludkov’s craft over the different media in this installation and deeply intrigued by his Surrealist imagery and Freudian overtones, I am left wanting more emotion and physical sensation with this overtly sexual work.

- Amy Dosen, from review.

Critique of Anton Jeludkov by Amy Dosen
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Blinded by Steel from Cranbrook Academy of Art on Vimeo.

Blinded by Steel animation for installation by Anton Jeludkov

Amy Nicole Dosen (left) and Anton Jeludkov (right)
2014 Graduate Students Amy Nicole Dosen (left) and Aton Jeludkov (right). Portraits by John Lui ('13).

The Critique Room in Mid-October 2012
The Critique Room in Mid-October 2012.

Anton Jeludkov's Statement regarding "Blinded by Steel"

I am often guided by a lucid statement Franz Kafka once wrote, “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” Here at Cranbrook over time, that quote’s significance rose considerably for me personally, and Blinded by Steel is exemplary of that. This work comments on the human condition saturated with absurd fetishism towards technology. The portrayed machine hovering over its viewers takes an authoritative stance, claiming dominance over anyone attempting to penetrate its function. The kafkaesque structure, although perceptibly three-dimensional (presented on a two-dimensional plane), appears inflexibly static, unyielding to the viewers’ desires to analyze its innerworkings. The machine exists on its own terms. With this piece, I attempted to evoke a dramatic emotional response by forcing the audience into a submissive role of David facing the almighty Goliath.

Blinded by Steel being my first major project at Cranbrook is an evident effort to let go of my previously acquired rigid design sensibilities and draw out my work into the third dimension (metaphorically and literally). Personally, this project proved to be a big step forward, both formally and conceptually. On a formal level, integrating a two-dimensional poster with corresponding three-dimensional objects was a new notion to me. Through the sparse quality of the installation I was able to instigate a dialogue between the sculptural elements and the central structure. With the aforementioned combination of objects the work was able to take on a more commanding stance.

- Anton Jeludkov