Oleg Kulik

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Bio

Artist, sculptor, performer, photographer, curator and the founder of a political movement aimed at protecting the environment and animal species, Oleg Kulik (Kiev, 1961) is recognized as one of the most radical artists present in the Russian and international panorama. “Nihil inhumanum a me alienum puto”, claims Kulik, modifying a quote by Roman playwright Terence (Humani nihil a me alienum puto) in the statement prepared for his monograph. The artist is declaring that he does not consider himself foreign to that which is inhuman. This statement can be understood as one of the corollaries of his artistic investigation, and through it we can define the more peculiar characteristics of his artwork, a production rooted in the social and cultural contexts of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. The universal nature of his message can be found in its recognition of the conflict between culture and nature provoked by the process of civilization modern man is undergoing. Through his artwork, the Russian artist harkens back to the Dionysian attitude of identification between man and animal, a return to the animal origins of humankind. In order to respond to this need, Kulik has created a sort of alter ego represented by the figure of a dog. His most celebrated and spectacular performances capture the artist entirely naked, barking at a crowd (Fourth Dimension, Vienna Secession, 1997), or being led around the streets of Rotterdam on a leash (Pavlov’s Dog, Manifesta I, Rotterdam, 1996). Establishing a connection with I Love America, America Loves Me, a celebrated performance by Joseph Beuys, Kulik also had himself locked up in a fake jail cell for two weeks (I bite America and America bites me, Deitch Projects, New York, 1997) as a way of denouncing the crisis enveloping contemporary American society.

Works

Oleg Kulik, Eurotrash #1, 1993, c-print on aluminum and plexiglass, 120x80cm, edition 2/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Family of the future, 1997, b/w print on dibond, 60x60cm, edition 4/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Family of the future, 1997, c-print on dibond, 60×79,5cm, edition 3/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Eclipse 1, 1999, silkscreen on paper, 70x96cm, edition 6/25, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, At Home, 1999, silkscreen on paper, 70x96cm, edition 6/25, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Eclipse 1, 1999, digital print in hand-made frame made of Russian soldier’s uniform cloth, 116x84cm, edition 1/6, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, New Paradise (Giraffe), 2000/2001, b/w print on aluminium and plexiglass, 60x100cm, edition 2/12, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Crucifixion, 2005, c-print on aluminium and plexiglass, 110x293cm, edition 3/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, SUNLIGHT (Grids), 2019, polymeric clay, iron grid, (H) 130,5 x (L) 72,5 x (W) 80cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, photo-credits Antonio Maniscalco

Oleg Kulik, New Sermon, 1994, lightjet print on aluminium and plexiglass, 221x150cm, edition 4/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Family of the future, 1997, b/w print on dibond, 60x60cm, edition 4/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Family of the future, 1997, c-print on dibond, 60x55cm, edition 8/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Red Square, 1999, silkscreen on paper, 70x96cm, edition 6/25, courtesy the artist
and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, The State Russian Library, 1999, silkscreen on paper, 70x96cm, edition 6/25, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio 

Oleg Kulik, Marriage, 1999, lightjet print on aluminium and plexiglass, 211x150cm, edition 1/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, New Paradise (Zebras), 2000/2001, b/w print on aluminium and plexiglass, 60x72cm, edition 2/12, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, SUNLIGHT (Parachutists), 2019, helmets, polymeric clay, led lights, iron wire, sitespecific installation, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, photo-credits Antonio Maniscalco

Oleg Kulik, SUNLIGHT (Grids), 2019, polymeric clay, iron grid, (H) 130,5 x (L) 72,5 x (W) 80cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, photo-credits Antonio Maniscalco

Oleg Kulik, Pavlov’s Dog, 1996, c-print on aluminium and plexiglass, 120x81cm, edition 5/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Family of the future, 1997, b/w print on dibond, 60x60cm, edition 9/9, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Dead Monkeys, 1998, b/w photographs on aluminium, composition of 100x75cm
each, edition 7/10, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Troika, 1999, silkscreen on paper, 70x96cm, edition 6/25, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, At The Church, 1999, digital print in hand-made frame made of Russian soldier’s uniform cloth, 116x84cm, edition 1/6, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, Lolita vs. Alice, 2000, inkjet print on baryta paper mounted on diasec and
plexiglass, 116,8cm, edition of 10, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, New Paradise (Leopard), 2000/2001, b/w print on aluminium and plexiglass,
60×77,5cm, edition 1/12, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Oleg Kulik, SUNLIGHT (Eclipse), 2017, polymeric clay, iron base, metal grid, (H) 228 x (L) 97 x (W) 61,5cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, photo-credits Antonio
Maniscalco

Oleg Kulik, SUNLIGHT (Grids), 2019, polymeric clay, iron grid, (H) 132 x (L) 71,5 x (W) 19cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, photo-credits Antonio Maniscalco