Things are more pleasant
The exhibition “Things are more pleasant” by Andrey Krasulin at pop/off/art gallery combines the artist’s masterpieces created over the past years. The show opens a series of artist’s museum projects scheduled this year at the State Tretyakov Gallery and at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2021. The main idea of the exposition is to introduce the key visual artistic Krasulin’s principles, which do not fit into either the modernism paradigm or the conceptualism.
The core of the exhibition appeals to the series created during 2018-2019 where Krasulin analyzes a structure of a box. Examining its detailed structure and cutting off the nuances, he brings it to the stage of abstract symbolism. The artistic tactics is based on an apophatic method where definition is based on negation. The cycle will be completed with the two bronze geometrically abstract sculptures which are identically called “The Boxes”. Despite the formal education of the sculptor, Krasulin was not so much engaged in sculpture in its traditional sense but rather in experimental plastic solutions: in his hands wood acquires the qualities of parchment, cardboard is transformed into metal, and bronze becomes as fragile as paper. The second part of the exposition is based on the new minimalistic paintings. Monochrome canvases which are animated by several lines, force the viewer to hypersensitive perception and immersion in the meditation process. The quote from Josef Brodsky’s poem ‘Nature Morte’ (1971), chosen as a title for the exhibition, not only shows the idea of an exhibition, but also reveals the core of Krasulin’s poetics: Things are more pleasant. Their outsides are neither good nor evil. And, if penetrated, Nor are their insides good or evil The ‘things’ for Krasulin (wooden and carton boxes, stools) are the basic elements for his art. Appealing to simple things in graphics, painting and sculpture, he shows both their essence and the material the object is made of.