About the Artist
Apart from having the internationally acclaimed artistic practice, Shishkin-Hokusai is a well-known theatre and opera stage design master in St Petersburg. Initially, he employed “Hokusai” as a standalone pseudonym in an attempt to separate his careers, but these two personae eventually merged. Informed by the strategies of stage design, he broke the ground of the medium of large-scale installation with plywood flat sculptures of men, women, children, animals, objects and mythological creatures, juxtaposed in the various scenic arrangements. In recent years, he has been experimenting with kinetic sculptures, based on his signature two-dimensional plywood, which also incorporate video and mechanical, dynamic parts. The presented, titled “Gold Bleeding Fountains,” continue the spirit and practice of a critical aesthetic language established in his grotesque presentation in the Russian pavilion in 2019. Thematically, he turns to the illusion of abundant, never exhausting wealth of material resources and ideational creativity. The kinetic sculptures made from the artist’s signature plywood panels, which are superimposed on one another with the screen in the centre. This method allows Shishkin-Hokusai to create the third dimension in these altar-like works, in which he focuses the viewer on human greed - constantly transforming while remaining constant.