Series: The Mad Dog or Last Taboo Guarded by Alone Cerber (with Alexander Brener) Jakimanka Street. Moscow, November 23, 1994 This is the first «dog performance» by Kulik. It was to become an emblem of the state of Russian art and the state of Russian society as a whole. At the entrance to the M. Guelman Gallery Kulik was guarding deprecated values, personified by Alexander Brener, rebel artist and poet: «art», «masterpiece», «talent», «educated public» etc. Naked in the frost, losing his bearings, Kulik barked, rushed on the chain, pushed spectators off their feet and bit them. His throat hoarse with barking, unaware of cold and danger, Kulik rushed into the thick of the traffic and managed to stop it.
About Oleg Kulik
Among the leading artists of post-Soviet Russia, Oleg Kulik has been producing edgy performances, sculptures, installations, and photographs since the mid-1990s. Through his art, he comments on Russia and the West, politics and power, and humankind’s place in and relationship to nature. Kulik began his career as a sculptor and curator at Moscow’s Regina Gallery, where he presented unconventional exhibitions. Describing his trajectory, he has said, “When I came to Moscow, I made glass sculptures—transparent figurative things—and nobody liked them. . . . Then I became a performer, created a huge scandal with my man-dog antics, got a show at Deitch Projects, and after that I felt the freedom to go on as an artist.” In some of Kulik’s most controversial performances, he transformed himself into a dog to reveal deeply troubling truths about human nature.
Russian, b. 1961, Kiev, Ukraine, based in Moscow, Russia