• Yuri Albert
  • Nikita Alexeev
  • Yuri Avvakumov
  • Konstantin Batynkov
  • Alexei Politov and Marina Belova
  • Alexander Brodsky
  • Alexei Buldakov
  • Olga Chernysheva
  • Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov
  • Andrei Filippov
  • Dmitri Gutov
  • AES+F Group
  • Alexei Kostroma
  • Julia Milner
  • MishMash project (Misha Leikin & Masha Sumnina)
  • Andrei Molodkin
  • Nikolai Polissky
  • Alexander Ponomarev
  • Sergei Shutov
  • Haim Sokol
  • Vladimir Tarasov
  • Rostan Tavasiev
  • Leonid Tishkov
Rooks Came Flying. 2008
40 wood objects 
Different sizes
Courtesy of the artist
Rooks Came Flying. 2008
40 wood objects 
Different sizes
Courtesy of the artist

Rooks Came Flying. 2008
40 wood objects
Different sizes
Courtesy of the artist

Nikolai Polissky

About works

Nikolai Polissky, member of the Mitki art group, inspirational force behind the artists' colony Nikola-Lenivets Handicrafts, inventor of Russian 'land art' and founder of the Arkhstoyanie Festival (since 2006), has turned this time to painting. At the Shrovetide Arkhstoyanie 2008 in March the theme was 'boundaries': winter and spring, living and dead, snow and sun, painting and sculpture…
Alexei Savrasov's painting 'The Rooks Have Arrived' (1871), already well known from school readers and postcard or textbook reproductions, receives here a fresh and unexpected interpretation. The art cooperative's huge primitivist wooden rooks were perched in the snow and on graveyard fences against the background of the red-brick village church.
Yet these rather scary black silhouettes of enormous birds lit by the still-grey winter sun conveyed a feeling of spring and the anticipation of new life.

Anna Petrova

Bio

Nikolai Polissky
1957 born in Moscow
1982 graduated from St. Petersburg State Arts and Crafts Academy
Lives and works in Moscow.

Selected Exibitions:
2008 The Rooks Have Returned (in collaboration with Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). Village of Nikola-Lenivets, Russia
Venice Biennale of Architecture, Russian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2007 Diary of an Artist. 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2005 Baykonur (in collaboration with Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004 Art Bazaar 2 (in collaboration with Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). Art-Klyazíma Festival, former Klyazíma Reservoir Guesthouse, Moscow Region, Russia
Towers. Dimitrovgrad Museum of Local History, Dimitrovgrad, Russia; Ulíyanov Regional Museum of Folk Art, Ulíyanovsk, Russia
2003 Neue AnsAitze. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Moskau. Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
2002 Modern Russian Photography. 2nd PRO Zrenie International Photography Festival, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
IV International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2002”, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
Tower (in collaboration with Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). De Moscou. Quimper Contempo-rary Art Centre, Quimper, France
Column Made From Grapewood (installation in collaboration with Mikhail Bulanenkov). Est-Ouest Festival, Die, France
2001 Tower (in collaboration with Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). Village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga Region, Russia; Art Moscow, Central House of Artists, Moscow; State Centre for Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
2000 Snowmen (in collaboration with Konstantin Batynkov, Sergey Lobanov, and Crafts of Nikola-Lenivets). Village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga Region, Russia; Art Moscow, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
1999 Temple Of Solitary Reflection (installation in collaboration with Konstantin Batynkov and Sergey Lobanov as part of the Manilov Project). M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1997 Vodka (as a member of the Mitki). M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1993 The Mitki. Retrospective exhibition of the 10th anniversary of the Mitki group , State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
1989 The Mitki in Europe (as a member of the Mitki). Cologne, Germany; Paris, France; Antwerp, Belgium

Copyright © 2008 Moscow House of Photography, mdf.ru
Made by Sterno.Ru