Valentin Korzhov

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

 

2017

Lessons of Natural History. State Darwin Museum, Moscow


2014

White Barrow. Academy of Arts, Voronezh

 

2013

Archaeology of Memory. Collateral event of the V Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art. Gogol-Centre, Moscow

 

2012

Zeta-Flood. Gogol-Centre, Moscow

 

2003

Grey Screens. Central House of Artist, Moscow

 

 

 

Selected Group exhibitions

 

2016

Actual Russia: Living Environment. The State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow

 

2014

Midwinter Night's Dream. Academy of Arts, Voronezh

Second Moscow Saturnalias. Kulturny Alians Gallery, Moscow

 

2013

Tetraktis. Special project of the V Moscow International Biennial of Contemporary Art. CultFactory MosChaos, Moscow

Direct-To-Beauty. Rodchenko School, Moscow

 

2012

Art of Nations. Central House of Artist, Moscow

80th Anniversary of the Union of Artists. Central House of Artist, Moscow

 

2011

Art-24. Central House of Artist, Moscow

Fusis #7. 2017
C-type photographic print
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Fusis #8. 2017
C-type photographic print
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Darwin #4. 2014
C-type photographic print
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Darwin #9. 2014
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 100 × 150 cm
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White Trinity #4. 2014
C-type photographic print
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Capture from White Trinity #2. 2014
HD, color, stereo sound, invisible loop. Written and directed by Valentin Korzhov
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Trinity #1. 2016
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 100 × 150 cm
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Capture from Trinity. 2016
HD, color, stereo sound, invisible loop Written and directed by Valentin Korzhov Music by Iraida Yusupova, excerpt from media-opera Ways & Spaces Photo by Luigi Bussolati
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The Last Job #3. 2015
C-type photographic print
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The Last Job #5. 2015
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 100 × 150 cm
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The Last Job #6. 2015
C-type photographic print
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Darwin #2. 2012
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 60 × 150 cm
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Darwin #6. 2012
Object, silicone, polyurethane. 80 х 65 х 47 cm
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Darwin #7. 2012
Object, silicone, fiberglass, resin, hair. 75 х 50 х 47 cm
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Darwin #8. 2012
Object, silicone, fiberglass, resin, hair. 75 х 50 х 47 cm
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Darwin #9. 2012
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 60 × 150 cm
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Darwin #11. 2012
Object, silicone, fiberglass, resin, hair. 60 х 110 х 125 cm
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Darwin #15. 2012
C-type photographic print on barite paper. 60 × 200 cm
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