Alternative Evolution 2020

POP UP MUSEUM and NIKOLSKAYA GALLERY present an exhibition of sculptures by Denis Kulikov "Alternative Evolution". Amazing pieces of scrap metal surround the viewer, beckoning to their own whimsical world and to a new space of another reality

Denis Vyacheslavovich Kulikov was born in Yaroslavl in 1978. Having connected the profession with metal and spare parts, his artistic activity began with the idea of how to give scrap metal a second life. For his hometown, he created several unofficial attractions, one of which was especially popular with the citizens of Yaroslavl- a sculpture of a dinosaur in human size, guarding the building of the city archive. There is also a personal gallery of the master in Yaroslavl - in the shopping and entertainment complex "Altair".

The "Alternative Evolution" exhibition will become the second personal project of the artist in Moscow and the third in the world - before that Denis Kulikov held a personal exhibition in Qatar. The exhibition "Alternative Evolution" includes sculptures by Kulikov on the theme of marine subjects, the subtle and mysterious world of insects, the history of dinosaurs, as well as a series of works "Cosmoflora", that includes the artist's reflections on space plants growing in abstract other worlds.

The world of insects in Kulikov's works, thanks to the detailed execution and exaggerated scale, allows the viewer to get closer and be more attentive to this amazing side of the terrestrial fauna and at the same time offers a fantasy of how realistic this scale of insects would be in an alternative dimension or in our reality under different conditions.

As part of the Alternative Evolution project, the artist also explores the presence of dinosaurs in human life. We often ask ourselves the question "What would be ...?" What if dinosaurs lived among us? How would we find a way to coexist? Denis Kulikov offers a reflection on a nonexistent reality and an opportunity for the viewer to make their own judgment.

The world of aquatic life is full of mysterious creatures. One of the central sculptures among marine subjects is the "Shark". Exploring the underwater world, its hierarchy and mythology, the artist turns to the image of an ancient predator. The shark, that the viewer hardly wants to meet in real life, freezes in front of us in motion: the open mouth suggests the readiness to attack. Kulikov examines the variability of the psychological interpretation of this image, provoking the viewer to personal associations: the dualism of threat and natural power, instilling fear and a sense of power becomes a mediator between the audience and the art.

Finally, the world of space plants with their futuristic forms disposes the viewer to independently endow this world with fauna, populate it with alien creatures, and imagine their own universe from the starting point. The viewer's imagination, like a malluable matter, merges with the heavy structure of metal and gives it life.

Metal sculptures create the effect of cybernation of flora and fauna for the audience. The iron limbs are a representation of the futuristic ideas of cyborgs. Here the artist examines alternative evolution from various angles - can a living creature with mechanical limbs be called a new continuation and a new round of evolution? It should also be noted that the metal itself evolves in the hands of the sculptor, who creates a second life for scrap metal.

Each work of Kulikov, woven from hundreds of spare parts, is unique - it is impossible to create a copy of the original, all sculptures are exhibited and sold in a single copy.