“The Third Side Of The Coin” by Denis Patrakeev Is the first in the first in the series of Russian contemporary art exhibitions hosted by Shtager Gallery/Elephant &Castle Experimental Space.
In his practice Denis Patrakeev (born in 1987) reflects on the concepts of time and eternity, the imagery found in nature and the knowledge of God. Classical techniques are intertwined with elemental materials such as water, salt, earth and fire. For Denis, the spiritual sphere, minimalistic language, and harmony are of key interest. His work is inspired by the study of nature, the connection of physical and spiritual processes and the poetry of material and form. He writes: “Is this world still life or portrait? How could art expand to faith, to find, to reveal the visible graphically expressed truth? Creativity is seen as a phenomenon brought to life by the desire to find the very essence, the cause of life itself.”
These exhibitions are linked to the lecture series taking place in the Saatchi Gallery, organised by The Hermitage Foundation UK, „Russia Contemporary‟.