Maxim Ksuta

russian artist, contemporary art, sculpture, installation, photography

Tag: Cy Twombly

“The new nothing”

"The new nothing"


The general aim of the exhibition is to present the specifics of functioning of drawing in contemporary Russian art. The basic section on the show brings together the works of the 1990-2000’s but also there are presented the earlier materials connected mostly with conceptualism of Soviet time. The exposition presents the different ways of actualization of art of drawing and its technique side. Nowadays the drawing is not linked only with the pencil and paper and deviates from norm – it conquers new territories and tests new untraditional materials. It also  breaks the narrow frameworks of this view of art and like such new media as photography and video become one of universal languages in contemporary culture.

The exposition presents the following views of actual drawing:

Traditional drawing connected with new forms, expressive means and situations, manipulation with expressive means of academic study drawing, enlargement to the dimension of canvas, including in the installations.

Conceptual drawing including the period of creation of this trend (Medical Germenevtika Inspection project, D.Prigov, N.Alekseyev).

Postconceptual drawing as the reaction on the virtual reality (I.Razumov, J.Zastava, M.Sha).

Expansion of drawing on the territory of photograph and active intercommunication with this view of art (M.Ksuta, E.Gor, G.Majophis, V.Mamyshev-Monro).

So-called Another drawing, where the pencil and quill are substituted with acetylene welding outfit, laser and point, line – with metal cane, wire, needles and cottons, and sheet of paper – with wall or real space (D.Gutov, T.Ahmetgalieva, M.Arendt).

Drawing that uses the traditions of comic strip (J. Alexandrov, G.Litichevsky).

Contemporary so-called Societal drawing – reportages from meetings and judge sessions, graffiti (V.Lomasko, V.Salnikov, Pasha 183).

Drawing on alien surfaces (human body) (Tanatos Banionis, ESCAPE program, V.Aizenberg)

Drawing, video and computer: forms of intercommunication (D.Ter-Oganjan, V.Pushnitsky).        

 The exhibition is supported by Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation

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Maxim Ksuta – “CY”, Triumph Gallery


Over the course of recent years, Maxim Ksuta has been developing an entirely unique relationship to photography: he has consistently removed or weakened the firm bond between the photographic image and visible reality, the camera in his hands becoming not a means for “baring” or “revealing” reality or a means for freezing it in as concentrated form as possible – Ksuta’s camera, instead, almost appears to be overcoming the camera’s technological nature, and Ksuta himself, rather than pressing on the shutter button, appears to be painting with a brush or a charcoal  pencil. He consciously forms not a shot but a sheet with geometric abstractions; his works begin to work to the laws of the drawing sheet, rather than the photographic print, as was the case in his previous series with electric cables cutting through the Moscow sky in dynamic diagonals.
The theme for Ksuta’s latest project appears to be far more inventive, because the starting point for the visual experiments turns out to be another work of art, specifically the work of the great American abstractionist Cy Twombly. Ksuta doesn’t relish the proportions, the balance of vacuums and the coloured “nervous” zones; he doesn’t occupy himself with deciphering Twombly’s codes, which reference the whole of world culture and history; he intently and intensively scrutinizes. His eye singles out, isolates the intricate movement of the pencil lines; at the same time it is clear that Ksuta is sincerely enraptured by the freedom of movement of Twombly, who crosses out, sketches and colours with the ingenuousness of a child who has been sat before a sheet of paper and given coloured crayons for the first time. Ksuta is posed a question about the nature of this freedom, of its ideal prototype, if you will, and finds astonishing formal correspondences in Twombly’s “writings” and the sticks, branches, blades of grass that fall under your feet during a walk. He creates a distinctive negative for Twombly’s paintings, a purely monochrome structure, consistently purifying Twombly, testing the viability of his plasticity among real natural objects. It is as if Ksuta is bearing witness to the natural, most organic provenance of Twombly’s art, making the dynamic of his objects literal, perceptible – this is not some conditional drive of colour flows, lines within the borders of a canvas, but a real walk, a stroll, during which the artistic forms are discovered beneath one’s feet, and with a clumsy movement one can disturb the fragile harmony. The appeals of the artist himself to the image of an enchanted forest, a magical, almost


fairytale space, where everything that is familiar is suddenly miraculously revealed is no accident in this regard, and a walk through this forest is transformed into an allegory of life’s path (or the path of an artist) that is entirely in the spirit of Novalis. Along the way, Maxim Ksuta  ontinues to resolve his own task, a task that has occupied him in recent times: He is feeling out a barely perceptible zone where the abstract and the concrete coexist. The concrete object is often embodied in the most abstract of forms, it loses its recognizable outlines, but it retains its essence: a branch remains a branch, wormwood thickets remain wormwood, and the viewer is enchanted by the game of form, the glimmering of the perceptible and the visible that, when viewing Ksuta’s photographs, it is so easy to give in to. He follows the logic of a “new objectivity,” recalling in memory the German “Neue Sachlichkeit”; at the same time as many young European artists (for the most part coming from Eastern Europe, of the general of Wilhelm Sasnal), he sees in this an opportunity for quiet deliverance, he suddenly understands that the diapason of variations can be as broad as you like, and with an artisanal persistence (in the very finest sense of the ancient techne’) continues to move
through this magical space, sometimes drawing into his orbit the great artists of the 20th century.

Ekaterina Inosemtseva

Cy – catalog

“Афиша”: В галерее “Триумф” проходит выставка Максима Ксуты CY

upcoming event 7 — 17 March 2013


upcoming event 7 — 17 March 2013

Maxim Ksuta. CYgo

Triumph Gallery

“CY” – exhibition project


В свое время мне довелось побывать на двух больших выставках американского художника Сайа Туомбли. Первая была его ретроспективой в Tate Modern, на которой я впервые познакомился с его творчеством, а вторая, проходившая в Dulwich Picture Gallery, поразила меня неожиданным сопоставлением двух, казалось бы, совершенно разных художников – Туомбли и Николя Пуссена. Размышления о природе абстракции и творческом феномене этого загадочного, но, безусловно, великого абстрактного художника долгое время не оставляли меня и со временем вылились в этот проект.

Some time ago, I was fortunate enough to see two big exhibitions of the American artist Cy Twombly. The first was a retrospective at the Tate Modern, where I saw his work for the first time. The second, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, was an astonishing and original juxtaposition of two apparently completely different artists – Twombly and Nicolas Poussin. For a long while I was inspired and pondered on the nature of abstraction and the creative phenomenon of this mysterious but without doubt great abstract artist, and in time these thoughts found their way into this project.

Тема поиска образов в окружающем мире интересует меня уже долгое время, но в данном случае мне было интересно найти и сфотографировать природные объекты, стихийно (спонтанно) сложившиеся в естественные абстракции. Фотографию в данном случае я рассматривал как инструмент для создания работ, пограничных с графикой и даже живописью. Рассматривая отснятые слайды, я заметил, что практически все кадры из этой серии явно напоминают абстрактные композиции Сайа Туомбли! Это открытие вдохновило меня на поиск и отбор работ Туомбли, близких моим фотографиям по настроению и композиции.

Searching for images in the world around us has interested me for a long time, but in this instance I wanted to photograph objects of nature that have spontaneously, or elementally, formed themselves in natural abstraction. Photography was for me a tool to create work close to graphic art and even painting. Looking through the slides I had taken, I noticed that practically all the shots in this series were reminiscent of Cy Twombly’s abstract compositions! This revelation inspired me in my search and selection of Twombly’s works that are in mood and composition close to my photographs.

Cy Catalog best viewed reversals – (two pages on the view)!