Introduction / Erik Bulatov
Erik Bulatov’s sculpture (EVERYTHING’S NOT SO SCARY) stands as a reflection on the current political climate. Produced from steel, the sculpture reaches almost eight meters high. The side edges of each letter are painted in red matt enamel. Nine sketches and six artist models documenting the process from conception to materialisation accompany the sculpture.
Articulating the tension between the phrase and the architecture of The Foundry, for which the sculpture was made, Bulatov states, “The building makes an impression that is very similar to what is going on now in Europe and Russia. It is a feeling of unrest, of danger. It is like something that has been abandoned, that existed before this moment and is now completely falling apart in front of our eyes, or, conversely, it is something that is now trying to repair itself.”
The sculpture marks a departure in the career of the artist, who dedicated his practice to the exploration of perspective on the two dimensional surface. Here, Bulatov moves outside of the picture plane, interrogating the physical reality of what he describes as the “uneasy and complex space”. The sculptures embody what Hans-Ulrich Obrist defines as the “existential dimension”, moving from the political and social horizons to the reflection of pure, abstract existence.