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Sculpture (MA)

Alexei Alexander Izmaylov

Born in Russia, Alexei now lives and works in London alongside his dog Toozik where he co-founded Sexy frog biscuit project space and TETRIS art residency - a European exchange programme.

Select solo and group exhibitions include: PROXY, Cromwell Place, London (2021); Scenes of Inclination, Manor Place, London (2021); iObject, Freud Museum, London (2021); Like A Sieve, Kupfer, London (2020), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London (2019-20); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2019); Cherry Pickers, Podium, Luxembourg (2019); Dirty Hands & Revelations, Standpoint Gallery, London (2019); PLACID & LIMPID: 3AM MIRACLE, A FRAGMENT, Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Luxembourg (2019); Forårsudstilling, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2017)

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Sculpture (MA)

Alexei’s practice ping pongs between image making and sculpture.

His work is primarily composed of original ‘functional’ objects and procured industrial elements that perform as part of a propositional and evolutionary ecosystem — threading together notions of play, power, commercialisation and illicit desire.

#izmaylovismylove

VASE?, 2021 — chew toy CGI render, dimensions variable
EVERYTHING, 2021 — classifieds poster, dimensions variable
DEINE PFEIFE, 2021 — classifieds poster, dimensions variable
DJED THY JUMPING JACK, 2021 — chew toy CGI render, dimensions variable
SPACE ODDITY, 2021 — chew toy CGI render, dimensions variable
ANXIOUS FREEDOM, 2021 — classifieds poster, dimensions variable
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, 2021

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is part of ‘FUN WITH FREUD’ — a project developed during lockdown following a remote residency at the Freud Museum. It is a body of work that encompasses some of Freud’s and Winnicott’s ideas behind psychoanalysis, whilst merging them with theories surrounding the field of object-oriented ontology.

Inspired by Freud’s collection of antiquities, the virtual ‘chew toys’ are brought to ‘life’ through CGI animation in an absurd encounter with the artist’s very real dog.

Single channel video with sound, 1 minute 25 seconds

UNIFORM, 2021 — laser cut, bent & powder coated steel, laser cut & powder coated aluminium, CNC cut PVC, UV inkjet print, cast silicone, lipstick (MAC: BREATHING FIRE), nylon, cloth tape, cable ties, climbing rope, stainless steel hardware
UNCTIOUS SMARMINESS, 2021 — laser cut, bent & powder coated steel, CNC cut PVC, UV inkjet print, PLA, epoxy putty, pigmented urethane rubber, climbing rope, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, cloth tape, cable ties, stainless steel & aluminium hardware
ANY WHICH WAY (VALVE), 2021 — CNC cut PVC, UV inkjet print, nylon, PLA, epoxy putty, pigmented urethane rubber, climbing rope, shrink wrap, stainless steel hardware
LONG STRETCHES, 2021 — laser cut, bent & powder coated steel, CNC cut PVC, UV inkjet print, climbing rope, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, acrylic medium, cloth tape, cable ties, shrink wrap, wax, stainless steel & aluminium hardware

SCULPTURE CULTURE #PLAYTIME is on view at Gallery 11 Cromwell Place, Kensington as part of PROXY: MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, Satellite Event until Sunday 27 June 2021.

DAIRY FREE, 2019 — detail
DAIRY FREE, 2019 — installation view at South London Gallery
DAIRY FREE, 2019 — detail

laser cut/engraved Greyboard, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, foam earplugs, UV inkjet print, PVC sheet, climbing rope, heat shrink, laser cut/powder coated mild steel, Perspex, aluminium split rings, stainless steel hardware

50 x 210 x 25 centimetres

SHELVING DISNEYLAND (D+M4EVA), 2021
SHELVING DISNEYLAND (D+M4EVA), 2021
SHELVING DISNEYLAND (D+M4EVA), 2021
SHELVING DISNEYLAND (D+M4EVA), 2021

laser cut, bent & powder coated aluminium, CNC cut PVC, UV inkjet print, acrylic medium, laser cut Perspex, climbing rope, shrink wrap, nylon, CNC cut melamine faced chipboard, hand carved plywood, clear matte wax/oil, tuna can packaging, cable tie, stainless steel hardware

90 x 100 x 100 centimetres