You She-wolf, Barbara!, Invisible Glam

(St. Petersburg, Russia)


Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, known for his plywood sculptural compositions, continues his hunt for new forms of expression. Here, instead of blending into or creating their environment, the plywood cutouts reflect and imitate it. At first glance, these compositions may look like abstractions—but no, they are related to the real world, an optical reflection of it. On closer inspection, you will see the gap between abstraction and reality close as the two coincide.




Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai is an artist. He graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography in 1995, and became a member of the Artists’ Union of Russia in 1998. He has been a member of the PARAZIT Art Gallery collective since 2010. Shishkin-Hokusai was twice longlisted for the Kandinsky Prize in the Project of the Year category (2011, 2016) and won the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award for Best Visual Art Project (Bath of Marat, 2016). His installation The Flemish School was exhibited in the Russian pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019).