Alexander Bazhenov
Artist, born in 1989, in Sukhoi Log, Russia. He works with painting, graphics, digital poster and monumental art. In 2016 he graduated from the Department of Monumental and Decorative Art of the Ural State University of Architecture and Art. Alexander lives and works in Yekaterinburg.

In 2017, he held a solo exhibition at the Ural branch of the NCCA. Alexander created the project "Alternative poster of Yekaterinburg" (2016–2017). He participated in the group projects such as "Taming the Void. 50 Years of Contemporary Art of the Urals" (NCCA Ural, 2017) and the "Bazhov-Fest" (NCCA Ural, 2018), the main project of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017), exhibitions "New Painting of Yekaterinburg" (Art Gallery in Yeltsin Center, 2018 and 2021), the strategic project of the VI Moscow Youth Biennale "Thanks, please, sorry" (Moscow, NCCA, 2018, curator Zhenya Chaika).
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How did the artist work in the art residence
At the "Shishim Hill" residence, Alexander Bazhenov was exploring work with a new material - marble. Thanks to partnership with the "Uralsky Marble" enterprise, the artist could choose his material right in the quarry, already having a clear image of the future sculpture in mind. The stone was processed by hand using classical tools: in March, raspers, bouchards, dowels, chisels, jedding axes, drills and pins appeared at the residence.

Alexander worked being surrounded by some of his earlier works. These were the posters printed for the main project of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennale (2017) on the walls, and a fresh painting "Future" hung on the front wall. An immense canvas (2x4 meters) shows the word Future, Tim Radya, who sets it on fire (a reference to the artist's project in 2020), Alexander Bazhenov himself at his easel, depicting this process, and again Alexander Bazhenov in a twisted pose reflecting his thoughts and feelings during this event. Cow parsnip makes up the texture of landscape. Cow parsnip as a new symbol of death (in) Russia emerges in Alexander's recent works quite often. By its contagious spread, it migrated from pictorial medium into sculpture. Two marble cow parsnips that sprouted in the central hall of the residence became Alexander's residential project.
Photo: Alyona Skala