Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai - New Now London Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Shtager Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Shtager Gallery, Elephant & Castle: Experimental Space, 10 - 31 October 2017

  • Catalogue Essay

    Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai’s Storming. Fragment #2, 2017, is an installation piece commemorating the centenary of the Great October Revolution. The work pays homage to Nikolai Evreinov’s The Storming of the Winter Palace, a mass theatrical spectacle performed on the third anniversary of the October Revolution. The event took place outside the former Tsarist Winter Palace, the former seat of the Provisional Government before Bolshevik’s sieze of power. Evreinov’s performance included 125 ballet dancers, 100 circus artists, 200 women, 360 actors, and a further 150 assistants and 1750 supernumeraries. Shishkin-Hokusai’s Storming. Fragment #2 serves as a contemporary revision of the original performance. Evidencing stylistic influences from Russian theatre and opera stage design aesthetics, the artist has crafted 43 life sized plywood sculptural figures, resembling soldiers, sailors, naked women frozen in a multiplicity of action scenes, corresponding to the original composition of The Storming of the Winter Palace. First exhibited in the Elephant & Castle Experimental Space in South London, the work thrusts the spectacle of theatre within an urban setting, transforming the courtyard space into a stage in which the figures appear not as two dimensional sculptures, but animated actors enlivened in the act of ‘storming’. Each individual figure is distinct in artistic rendering, characterised by sketched detail, blurring the fundamental distinction between drawing and sculpture. Such hybridity pertains to the artist’s practice as both a set designer and contemporary artist. The installation has been shown in several spaces, constantly and fluidly adapting to new sites and surroundings.


Storming. Fragment #2

numbered '27' on the reverse
ink on plywood and wooden support
48.2 x 86 x 22.5 cm (18 7/8 x 33 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2017, this work is a fragment from Storming, an installation of 43 flat sculptures.

£800 - 1,200 

Sold for £1,000

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London Auction 12 December 2019