Valentin Korzhov is known for his multi-media works combining sculpture, photo and video in one piece which gives way to another new, self-sufficient media. In his projects, the artist employs visual metaphors from the canons of European philosophy, moving from Plato to Heidegger. For instance, a series of characters – shellers – was created for the DARWIN VS DARWIN project. Highly realistic human limbs made of silicone, acrylic and natural hair protruding from sea shells are the result of aesthetic research of two (epistemic) ideas on human progress: Plato with his argumentation on the soul, and Darwinist (positivist) with his argumentation on the body. In WHITE TRINITY, the artist works with Heidegger's idea of nothingness as the only condition where a form may reveal itself. This led to the creation of a series of white sculptures and filming them in the endless Russian snow fields.
He pays particular attention to colour, which creates a perception of the Renaissance aesthetic. Valentin’s specific approach has led to prolific cooperation with the renowned Italian photographer Luigi Bussolati, who is justly nicknamed by his colleagues as a photographer of architecture and light (fotografo di architetture e luce).
Professional actors from the Gogol-Center theatre and performance artist Valentin Zin create plastic art images in dialogue with sculpture and an unusual environment. The latter is the subject of Korzhov’s particular search and selection. The Spanish part of TRINITY was filmed in the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona and the Roman quarry of El Medol, while WHITE TRINITY was staged in the wild nature of snow fields in a Moscow suburb.
Valentin is a member of the Moscow Artists Union, sculpture section. His personal exhibitions have been given in such public spaces as the State Darwin Museum (Moscow), Gogol-Center (Moscow), Arts Academy (Voronezh) and the Central House of Artists (Moscow). His exhibition Archeology of Memory was showcased as an additional event at the 5th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Valentin lives and works in Moscow.