Valentin Korzhov is known for his multi-media works combining sculpture, photo and video in one piece, which gives way to another new, self-sufficient media. In his projects, the author employs visual metaphors of the canons of European philosophy moving from Plato towards Heidegger. For instance, a series of characters – shellers – was created for DARWIN VS DARWIN project. Highly realistic human limbs made of silicone, acrylic and natural hair sticking out from the sea shells result from aesthetic research of two (epistemic) ideas on human progress: Plato with his argumentation on the soul, and Darwinist (positivistic) with his argumentation on the body. In WHITE TRINITY, the author works with Heidegger's idea of nothingness as the only condition where the form could reveal itself. This was the grounds for creation of white sculptures series and filming them in the endless Russian snowfields.
He pays particular attention to colour which creates a perception of the Renaissance aesthetic. Valentin’s specific approach has led to a prolific cooperation with a renowned Italian photographer Luigi Bussolati who is justly nicknamed by his colleagues as a photographer of architecture and light (fotografo di architetture e luce).
Professional actors of Gogol-Center theatre and performance artist Valentin Zin create plastic art images in the dialogue with sculpture and unusual environment. The latter is the object of Korzhov’s particular search and selection. Spanish part of TRINITY was filmed in National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona and the Roman quarry of El Mèdol, while WHITE TRINITY was staged in the wild nature of snowfields in Moscow suburb.
Valentin is the member of Moscow Artists Union, sculpture section. His personal exhibitions took place in such public spaces like State Darwin Museum (Moscow), Gogol-Center (Moscow), Arts Academy (Voronezh) and Central House of Artist (Moscow). His exhibition Archeology of Memory was showcased as a collateral event of the V International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Valentin lives and works in Moscow.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Lessons of Natural History. State Darwin Museum, Moscow
White Barrow. Academy of Arts, Voronezh
Archaeology of Memory. Collateral event of the V Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art. Gogol-Centre, Moscow
Zeta-Flood. Gogol-Centre, Moscow
Grey Screens. Central House of Artist, Moscow
Selected Group exhibitions
Actual Russia: Living Environment. The State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow
Midwinter Night's Dream. Academy of Arts, Voronezh
Second Moscow Saturnalias. Kulturny Alians Gallery, Moscow
Tetraktis. Special project of the V Moscow International Biennial of Contemporary Art. CultFactory MosChaos, Moscow
Direct-To-Beauty. Rodchenko School, Moscow
Art of Nations. Central House of Artist, Moscow
80th Anniversary of the Union of Artists. Central House of Artist, Moscow
Art-24. Central House of Artist, Moscow