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My multilayered silicone and pigment 'objects' are concerned with just one layer at a time. I live in the now. What you see in the end, is the result of a plethora of layers that glow and reflect light.


* 1981 born in Penza, Russia, lives and works in Berlin since 1999
Lev Khesin,  the son of an artist couple - father and mother icon painter - is a child of his time and has forged his own path in the 21st century. Galerist Johannes Zielke sees Khesin's new works as "only consistent", which he sees in the tradition of American colour field painters. Ad Reinhardt, for example, revolutionized art history with his Black Paintings, just as Mark Rothko did with his black triptych, which he created in 1971 for a chapel in Houston, Texas. "For me, Lev is one of the few artists for whom the term 'avant-garde' still applies today," explains Zielke.
Khesin has completed study trips in the US and Japan, and his works have also been exhibited in Italy, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia, attracted wide attention everywhere.
Khesin with his sublime technique, approaches art in a historical manner, as in an episode of Rothko, Newman or Gottlieb. His materiality is surprisingly different: Khesin works with silicone, a soft and murky material. In doing so, he often stirs the pigments into the transparent mass prior to the painting process, and partly spreads them during the painting process. He needs several months to complete each object while using spatulas and squeegees. By painting the paint, it is not unusual to find hanging forms that develop their own feel and invite them to touch. His formative will is accompanied by a deep humility in the face of natural, uncontrollable processes. Khesin himself compares painting with the art of archery and various Zen rituals and focuses exclusively on the current action: "The image becomes evidence of a completed meditation". Anyone who takes time to observe Lev Khesin's work experiences how they develop their own lives. The semitransparent image surfaces change their character. The "Dark Matter" reveals a veritable "colour performance". They shift and change in light, giving the viewer a new spectacle to enjoy every time they lay their eyes.


Lev Khesin 'Ditkop' 2019 45x33cm, silicone and pigments on canvas

Lev Khesin 'Ditkop' 2019 45x33cm, silicone and pigments on canvas