NK Gallery is pleased to present Nobody's Trail, the second solo exhibition of Kirill Chelushkin at the gallery.
The exhibition comprises large scale graphite drawings on canvas and works on paper, united by the topic which has been occupying the artist’s mind: the rapid diminishment of everything which can be characterized as ‘human’ in the nowadays world. Hence the title, ‘Nobody’s Trail’, absence of a living being or its isolation in the probable scenario of our future. Serving as a sensitive radar, the artist predicts, emphasizes and exaggerates the observed tendencies. As a nerve, he reacts on the distortions of the existing imperfect world.
A trail, which is a result of an action, event or happening, usually has a strong mark of its author, it belongs to someone. Here we look at the traces of collective human activity with no personification. Therefrom appears the scene with a flipped over truck, out of which pokemons are spreading out. Artist sees a pokemon as a hit and a stigma burned onto an individual brain, traumatizing one’s mind and taking away a significant part of one’s life. A pure simulacrum, imitating an object or an action, which has no original.
According to Kirill Chelushkin, post-apocatyptic architecture is a trace left after continuous building up, re-building and destruction. The viewer witnesses dizzying fragments of post-catastrophic world, which look more like strange natural scenes, no more a fruit of a human mind. This is a wild mix of a destroyed mechanism and a habitat, devoid of its function.’
Kirill Chelushkin (1968, lives and works in Paris and Moscow) practices art, which is essentially visual, focused on the surrounding reality. A true Renaissance man, he reveals his numerous talents through his creative work. Gifted a brilliant graphic skill and distinguished for the outstanding technique in graphite large-scale works, he alongside experiments with sculptures and video-installations. The artist had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are included in leading public and private collections, such as The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Itabishi Art Museum, Tokio; Bolzano Art Museum, Bolzano, Italy; Hero Hermes Collection, France; Bernard Arnault collection, France; ‘Ekaterina’ Foundation, Russia.