Maxim Wakultschik returns to Anya Tish Gallery for his long awaited fifth solo exhibition: One Thousand and One. Wakultschik, born in Byelorussia in 1973, currently lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany where he studied at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. It was here that he learned under the guidance of such recognized artists as Beate Schiff and Jannis Kounellis, honing his practice in creating methodically precise and accurate constructions that create formal order from the chaos of independent elements.
Wakultschik continues to explore his captivating perspective on contemporary portraiture in cutting edge work selected for this exhibition through a unique combination of sculpture, painting, and objects that employ nontraditional materials. Each pop art like portrait is created out of thousands of hand painted wooden sticks meticulously placed to form multicolor images. In One Thousand and One, the artist expands his practice beyond portraiture, this time in the form of wall-dependent constructions inspired by Persian carpets. Wakultschik’s technique can be compared to Tibetan monks pouring individual grains of sand to form ritualistic mandalas, and his densely patterned and luminously colorful works display a playfulness contrasting with the meticulous process of their creation.
Both the portraits and the carpets have a recurrent feature: they compel the viewer to an in-depth examination of the object from all angles. The slightest movement or the smallest alteration in perspective delivers stunning new impressions, turning the work into a kinetic object.
Maxim Wakultschik has had numerous exhibitions in both museums and galleries worldwide, among them the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, Kuntshaus Mettmann, Germany, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany, and the Museum NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany. His artwork has been featured in art fairs such as Scope Miami, Scope Art Basel, Texas Contemporary, Contemporary Istanbul, Art Stage Singapore, ART TAIPEI and Art Fair 21 Cologne. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Kubo Art award, Herne, Germany, the Emprice Art Award, Düsseldorf, Germany, the Special Prize for Originality, Wesseling, Germany and the Union Competition Diploma, Moscow, Russia. His work is in several private and corporate collections, among them, Hewlett Packard, Germany, Booz-Allen Hamilton, Frankfurt, Germany, Fast Trade AG, Cologne, Germany, AXA, Kohn, Germany, and Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, Poland.