Nestor Engelke, a member and cofounder of the art-group North-7, was born in a family of architects and art historians, and accordingly he was associated with the Academy of arts from early childhood. In the last years of his studies at the Academic art Lyceum named after Johanson, he became close friends with future artists, who since 2013 became known as North-7 - Alexander Tsikarishvili and Leonid Tshe. After graduating from the architectural faculty of the Academy of arts (Institute of painting, sculpture and architecture named after I. E. Repin), he became a practicing architect, also engaged in wooden architecture. According to Engelke, during his studies, he was strongly influenced by Russian wooden architecture and in particular by wood itself as a living organism and a material with which it's possible to interact. Nestor also learned his grandfather's axe, which played a significant role in his fascination with the art.
Nestor Engelke as an architect loves and appreciates wood, knows how to work with it and is able to see the aesthetic features in any fence and prefers wood "with a history"as the basis for his works. Wood, understood as a natural entity, became the main theme of Engelke's art. "I am interested in the wood itself - it is alive, it is like a piece of flesh. There is a frozen movement in it’s growth. I can see just a branch and I want to find her special place in human’s life. When wood is the material for chairs and cabinets, it ceases to be the main one. But if I swing an axe at it, it will manifest itself, its essence will come out, there will be a release of wood from the bedside table or wall" - says Engelke. The technique of wood painting, invented and constantly perfected by the artist, was partly a reaction to the endless still lifes that had to be drawn in the course of training: for him, paper becomes wood, and an axe becomes a pencil. By cutting out strokes and lines on the wood surface, Engelke creates a drawing that takes the form of reverse relief. Nestor calls himself "a member of The society of free loggers", and defines his works by the terms "proto-painting" and "proto-sculpture" – these words reflect the bend to the origins of art, the search of which has become the main aim of all members of the art-group North-7.
Nestor EngelkePavilion for clumsy readingNestor Engelke is a member of North 7 art-group. North 7 is a unique example of non-programme creative work, that unites free individuals who are alien to any manifestos. The members of North 7 are mockingbirds-Tricksters. Inheriting the practices of the avant-garde, they subvert high style, mix different media, sweep aside borders and raise the history of art to the...10 Aug - 8 Oct 2020