Konstantin Danilov (Zmogk)

25.01.2019 – 17.02.2019

Triumph Gallery, Moscow


Polina Mogilina

Konstantin Danilov (Zmogk) is a Russian artist who works in the genres of street art and graffiti. Since the mid-1990s, he has been developing his style, thanks to which he has become widely known among graphic artists not only in Russia but also in Europe. He actively collaborates with various brands as well as participates in exhibitions and festivals all around the world. He was one of the first to combine font graphics with abstract painting, due to which he became one of the most outstanding street artists according to the edition of Mural Masters in 2018.

The visual language of Zmogk is purely unique, and is used by the artist not only on the walls but in the studio works on canvases as well. Characteristic of him is lightness, vibrant colors, dynamism, and certain chaotic nature of the composition, referring the audience to the paintings of cubism, rayist, and, possibly, orphism. Deprived of a coherent sequential narration, his works appear as a field of collision and interaction of various fields, surfaces and forces, expressed in color and form. 

Kirill Kto, curator of the Wall project (2010–2013): "Konstantin's works invoke to delight the viewer's eye, engaging him on a journey along the wall, tracing the path from one strongly transformed 'Z' to a nonetheless twisted 'M'. He, in the shape of a pattern, covers the entire surface of the wall with a complex interweaving of zigzags and highlights, leading his words to a complete illegibility, boldly encrypting a simple message and leaving it to the viewer to find in him letters or other meanings, whilst ascertained of the author's skill, perseverance and ingenuity."

At the "Flashbacks" exhibition in the Triumph Gallery, studio sculpture and paintings, created by the artist during 2017 and 2018, will be presented. Executed in an extremely simplified, stylized manner, his paintings present as certain "internal landscapes", casts from memories that convey not the objective world of things but a transformed perception of this world into collective forms. The majority of them are connected with the artist's specific memories of his travels and personal meetings while others are more of copulation of his thoughts about global things and the ability to express himself in art. 

Polina Mogilina, curator of the exhibition: !Kostya translates an important for him message of the importance of a daily pursuit of the study of the unknown, unfamiliar. Observing the life of others, expanding personal worldview, we mature and understand ourselves more thoroughly. As we try to accept what seems to us as incomprehensible or extraneous, even, we enrich our world and strengthen the connection with others.!