Andrey Kuzkin

Andrey Kuzkin, Kazakhstan, 2013

photo by Daria Pyrkina

WHEN / WHERE

Andrey Kuzkin – The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Tree
September 16th, Saturday / 12:30 – 13:00
Simonas Daukantas bridge, Simono Daukanto str.

About

Russian artist Andrey Kuzkin was born in Moscow in 1979. In 2001 he graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts, graphic arts department. He emerged within the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Qui Vive? in Russia with a work In a Circle. Later he also performed in Shiryaevo Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Biennale, Berlin Contemporary Art Biennale, Galata Perform Istanbul and other events, as well as various galleries in Russia and abroad. Andrei Kuzkin has received the Work of Visual Art Award at the All-Russian Contemporary Art Competition “Innovation” (2008, “The New Generation”) and “Soratnik” Award (2009, 2010, 2011).

A. Kuzkin’s performance work is often reflective of or “in solidarity with people, who are forced to carry on their shoulders the hardness of everyday life so unbearably difficult” in Russia (cit. from Open Gallery). In his performance and installation pieces, artist also explores subjects relating to the heritage (that of a person and that of an artist, see work All Ahead of You), reality and art as a lens to look at it (see his work A Close Look Changed the Object), as well as human in relation to nature.

Concept

Phenomena of Nature or 99 Sceneries with a Tree  is a series of performance pieces that the artist is performing in various places (among them – Cape Town, Berlin, Krasnoyarsk, Kiev, Bat Yam, Moscow, London, New York, Voronezh etc.) The artist explains, that his father, a painter, has a piece called 99 Sceneries With a Tree, and A. Kuzkin’s performances relate to this piece.

“To me it’s an image of a man who may have fallen from the sky. I’m planning to do 99 of such performances and then collect them all together <...>,” explains the artist himself. The performances do not follow the drawings of the artist’s father to the letter, it’s only an allusion to his work which rather duplicates the chronology of 99 Sceneries.