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Nina Kertselli

 

Nina Kertselli is an enigmatic artist. Her work holds even more mysteries than the psychedelic drawings of Pepperstein, visionary cartography of Monastirsky, or myth-based riddles of Makarevich and Elagina. Kertselli’s art cannot be deciphered not simply because the code is hard to break, but because there doesn’t seem to be a code.
To create her large series of works she uses what’s practically waste paper, or at least paper that has limited and very personal use. She recycles all sorts of scribbles and sketches, paints them over, wraps existing images in tangled lines, extending and deforming them. Diary entries with lines blotted out, imaginary architectural compositions, discarded student work overlaid with new drawings… Kertselli reorganizes the original “chaos” her own new way and makes the web or original connections ever more complicated and tight. She mixes drawing and painting. The latter frequently consists of free-flowing semi-transparent patches of color spilling over the still visible original outline. There is an affinity between her work, surrealist automatism, and the “messed-up” graphs of Beuys – all explore the relationship between spontaneity and intention, the “natural” and the “designed”.
Kertselli’s most accessible work that allows the viewer some insight into her method is probably, “The Diaries”. A daily record of the state of mind and body crawls with fat black lines hiding parts of the writing. Side by side with the entries one sees geometric shapes and basic architectural models done to multiple scales. Professor of academic drawing by day, Nina Kertselli has a perfect mastery of perspective and can flawlessly adapt the shapes and sizes of observed objects according to the point of view and the distance of an object from the implied viewer. Yet, her own “spatial variations” intentionally disregard the rules of classical perspective, warping objects and changing proportions at will.
In the 1990-ies Kertselli used to paint self-portraits and group portraits of friends. Sometimes she would write accompanying reflections on her own physique or the collective body of modern art. Those privy to the cult art scene of the nineties may remember her embodying herself in one of the performances at the “Regina” Gallery curated by Oleg Kulik. Nina Kertselli, or “Mona Nina” on that particular occasion, stayed with her toddler Asya in a giant playpen. Its walls were made up of Nina’s self-portraits.
She is no longer intrigued by “her own face in art”. These days Kertselli’s interests lie in the inner life – the elusive intuitions and subjective interpretations interacting with acquired knowledge and skills. Her compositions are notes in the margins of books that inspire her and either give names to her series, or otherwise leave their mark. Vitruvius’ De Architectura or the Tibetan Four Dignities are represented by mathematical signs forming magic formulae, overflowing with surface layers of paint, freehand architectural sketches, corrections and erasures Changes and corrections become the most important thing in this labyrinthine representation of the beautifully woven tangles of the human mind.

1962 – born in Moscow
1986 – graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute (History and Theory of Architecture department)

Personal Exhibitions
1992 «Mona Nina», Regina Gallery, Moscow
2002 "Multiple Choice" - "To the Power of Two", Union Gallery, Moscow
2007 "N.Kertselli-A.Djikia. Drawings" (With A.Djikia) ZPAP State Gallery, Gdansk, Poland
"From the Book of Four", Paperworks Gallery, Moscow
2008 "Red", Artstrelka Projects Gallery, Moscow

2013  "Bits and Pieces'', Mardin Artuklu University Gallery, Mardin, Turkey
 

Selected group exhibitions
1988-95 over 25 "Kvartart" projects, joint with D.Vrubel, A.Djikia, D.Shirokov. D.Vrubel' apartment, Moscow
1988 "Eidos". Palace of Youth, Moscow
"Myths and Reality". Palace of Youth, Moscow
1989 "Outside the Genre". Palace of Youth, Moscow
"Interart-89". Poznan, Poland
"Nuova Realta". Pinacoteca Communale Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna, Italy
"N.Kertselli. A.Djikia. D.Vrubel". Editorial office of the magazine "Decorative Art of USSR", Moscow
"Erotic Exhibition", Kashirka State Exhibition Hall, Moscow
1990 "ZHEN" . Kashirka State Exhibition Hall, Moscow
"Perestroika". Exhibition of Soviet Art, Buenos Aires
"Traditions of Russian Painting". Museum of Moscow' History and Reconstruction, Moscow
"Art Messe". Hamburg, Germany
1991 "Art-Expo'91". Tokyo, Japan
"Art-Fair". Camage Gallery. Stockholm, Sweden
"N.Kertselli. A.Djikia. D.Vrubel". Kashirka State Exhibition Hall, Moscow
1993 "Adresse provisoire pour l'art contemporain russe". Musee de la Poste, Paris, France
1994 XXV "Kvartart" exhibition. D.Vrubel' apartment, Moscow
"New Year Project". Regina Gallery, Moscow
1995 "Kvartart" for Export". Lomo Depot Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2002 "ZAN". FADA Gallery, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
"0001". Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey
2003 "0002". Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey
2004 "Six Mythologies", Kesif Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
"0003", FADA Gallery, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
2005 "0004". Adjara State Art Museum, Batumi, Georgia
"Apartment's Exhibitions Yesterday and Today. 1956-2005", Special Program of the First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
2009 "Papiers Russes". Blue Square Gallery, Paris, France
"Universam", Art Strelka Projects Gallery, The Third Moscow Biennale Parallel Program, Moscow
2010 “New Expression”, Open Gallery, Moscow
“Memories and Dreams”, Open Gallery, Moscow
2012 “Limited Edition”, Open Gallery, Moscow

 

2013 ''W Drosde...'', Fabryka Sztuk, Tczew, Poland
          ''Eminent Domain'', Maquis Projects, Izmir, Turkey 

 


Public collections:

Bank Provinzial, Germany
State Gallery of Poznan, Poland,
ZPAP State Gallery, Poland,
Alberto Sandretti Foundation, Italy
"The Other Art" Museum of Russian State University for Humanitaries, Russia

Untitled, 2007. Oil and pencil on paper

Untitled, 2007. Oil and pencil on paper

A diary in two parts, 11.04.-13.08.2010, 14.08.-17.09.2010. Paper, pencil, watercolor

A diary in two parts, 11.04.-13.08.2010, 14.08.-17.09.2010. Paper, pencil, watercolor

A diary in two parts, 11.04. – 17.09. Enamel bowl, ashes; Paper, pencil, watercolor

A diary in two parts, 11.04. – 17.09. Enamel bowl, ashes; Paper, pencil, watercolor

Memories are true in their sense of constancy. 2012

Memories are true in their sense of constancy. 2012