Evgeny Berezin
Renaissance + Ghost Rider


Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online
Evgeny Berezin at solo show online


This summer I was visiting my uncle. He lives in a private house in the village of Belaya Glina. He lives alone, but manages his household. On the territory of his backyard, you can fnd different animals: a chicken, a turkey, a dog, a cat. It sometimes feels like this area belongs, frst, to the animals and not to him. Tere are a lot of rusty tools and incomprehensible things around a pitchfork, a hammer, a saw, engine components... It all seems abandoned, but at the same time actively alive. Te whole time I was visiting my uncle, I was exploring the area. I felt like I was in a computer game like Skyrim or Lineage. However, here it was even more interesting, because the arrangement of objects in space and among themselves was more unpredictable, it would be impossible to think of such a thing... Here the most insidious Raid boss was a turkey, which climbed high up a tree and made terrible sounds.

In my artwork, I have tried to combine several spaces. Te frst is a photography - a print of light reflected from the objects around us. Te second is a 3D model of a character, which is related to a speculative reality, since it is created in a virtual digital environment. Te third is the Internet, a non-dimensional space where anything becomes a unit of the general flow of information. Te slightly creepy world that I create in my artworks is inspired by my favorite game Disciples, which is imbued with a dark aesthetic of fantasy and the Middle Ages.

Photo documentation of installations (motorcycle helmet, slate, plow, chain, animal jaw, bicycle wheel cam, paint, wire, candles, plastic basket, egg, hay, plastic toy, cards, rusty nails, branches, apples, bowl, apple tree, paint pan).

For me, this work is a study of a particular place I was in for two weeks. Finding myself among the village’s junk, consisting of various rusty metal pieces, wooden boards with nails and other things, I wanted to make artistic sense of this environment. Tings usually say a lot about space, but here it seems as if they live their own independent life, hopelessly mired in infnite entropy. Afer many different manipulations with objects and surroundings, I fnally found an important detail that helped me to construct a kind of dialogue between all the objects surrounding me. Te item was a motorcycle helmet. It turned out that this helmet belonged to my uncle, who had once ridden his motorcycle. However, this fact from the past has no effect on the mysterious relationship of all these things to each other in the present. For me, this helmet is more of an artifact or archaeological fnd, containing the mysterious potential of arcane mystical stories and rituals, in the spirit of a dark American hinterland culture famous for its satanic cults, where on the marshy soil of Louisiana they have been performed by Rednecks, Cajuns, Manecheans and other religious sects since the time when the Sun King of the Catholic EmpireLudovic 14 kicked out heretics, criminals and crooks from the continent… Tere is such a legend about the Ghost Rider.

Motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze, made a deal with the demon Mephisto to save his father’s life. His soul was tied to a creature called Zarathos. Using the powers of Zarathos, Johnny was transformed into a flaming skeleton, with a hellish motorcycle and the ability to emit hellish flames from any part of his body. He was the arbiter of justice.



Evgeny Berezin: Renaissance + Ghost Rider: The story of an heirloom @evgenyberezin