Oleg Kulik: Slogan (Losung)

At the start of his career Oleg Kulik was obsessed with transparency. His early (late 1980s) works, rather docile Perspex cases, were quickly dismissed and gave place to the whole utopian program of his, aimed at transcending art in favor of some “true”, unmediated reality. The language for the latter was found in a series of exuberant animalistic performances of mid-nineties, which won Kulik notoriety.

The newest project by Kulik – a reminiscence of those early Perspex things, at a first glance – is giving an unexpected answer, and, simultaneously, it is giving an unexpected homage to many living classics of the Russian avant-garde of 1970s and 1980s.