In the 1980s, Evgenij Kozlov adopted the artist’s name ‘E-E’, pronounced in Russian ‘Yeh-Yeh’. This is a reference to the rhythm of pop-music, the refrain or retort “yeah-yeah”, and a sense of the artist’s affirmation and self-confidence. In 2005, Kozlov made ‘E-E’ his only signature, and he has subsequently added it to his birth name and the letter ‘E’ itself is a graphic element that appears in many of the artist’s works.
At the end of the 1990s, Kozlov decided to enlarge Albert Einstein’s equation for mass-energy equivalence, using the double ‘E’ to create a new formula defining his art: E-E = mc3. In this equation, ‘m’ stands for microphone, ‘c’ for creativity, and ‘c-cubed’ for yesterday, today, tomorrow.
For Kozlov’s first solo show in London, we have selected works from different years and periods of endeavour in order to provide an insight into the artist’s exceptionally varied œuvre. Along with larger works such as In the VXXI Century people will…, Handle with Care! Art!, and The River of Forgetfulness, the exhibition presents examples from several comprehensive and celebrated cycles of drawings: The Book of Hours, E-E Fairy tale, and Century XX.
This would not have been possible without the close collaboration of Hannelore Fobo and E-E, Shaun McDowell - who introduced us to the work in the first instance - Sasha Galitzine and Tobie Mathew.