Nika Neelova

‘Working primarily with sculpture and large sculptural installations, Nika Neelova’s work seem to inhabit a post-human world in which human needs and definitions have long since been forgotten, remaining only as a vestigial memory in the forms of the sculptural subjects. Abstracted and seemingly evolved over countless generations from their ancestors; recognisable everyday objects have moved past the functionality once imposed upon them and become something new and different. Neelova’s work, imaginatively speaking, steps outside the Holocene radically shifting the temporal frames of reference within which we would locate art, appearing as a dream about a future space and time.’
‘Sailing on Solaris’ by Nick Hackworth

Nika Neelova
lemniscates, 2017 Installation view Independent Brussels

Nika Neelova
Nika Neelova, untitled (folded studio), 2016 perimeter of the artist studio traced in steel mounted on hinges, flexible configuration

Nika Neelova
Nika Neelova, The Entire Earth Behind, 2012 The Future Can Wait. Parquet floor from demolished house cast in concrete 400cm (L) x 300cm (W) x 180cm (H)

Nika Neelova
Nika Neelova, Scaffold Today. Monument Tomorrow, 2012 Saatchi Gallery, London. Rope cast in paper and ink, burnt timber 400cm (L) x 150cm (W) x 220cm (H)

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Nika Neelova, rhizome17, 2017 Installation view Blue. Seventeen at Osnova Gallery Moscow; polished aluminium, acrylic rods

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Nika Neelova, Principles Of Surrender, 2012 Saatchi Gallery, London. Bell clappers cast in wax and ashes, burnt timber, rope. 300cm (L) x 150cm (W) x 220cm (H).

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Nika Neelova, Partings, 2012 Somerset House & Christie’s, London. Somerset house door cast in hollow concrete, burnt timber, rope 400cm x 300cm x 200cm

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Northern Taurids. Following the meteor shower, 2013 Folded table tops, cast wax, cast concrete 420cm (L) x 150cm (W) x 80cm (H)

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lithic, 2017 cast foam and jesmonite, aluminium armature. Installation view ‘Seventeen’ at Centrala Birmingham

Nika Neelova
Installation view Blue. Seventeen at Osnova Gallery Moscow; cast jesmonite, aluminium frames

Nika Neelova
I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here Installation view Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam. Fragment of a stud wall cast in concrete over a steel armature 600cm (L) x 150cm (W) x 250cm (H)

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Fragments Shored Against the Ruins, Vigo Gallery. Replica of gallery parquet floor cast in concrete and marble dust 360cm (H) x 250cm (W) x 100cm (D)

Nika Neelova
Fragments shored against the ruins, installation view Ron Mandos Gallery

Nika Neelova
Commemorate SW19, 2012 & Commemorate SE1, 2013 Vigo gallery, London. Coal hole covers cast in compressed charcoal dust, 34cm (d) each

Nika Neelova
Burning Meteors Leave no Dust, 2013 Vigo Gallery, London. Modified aircraft propeller cast in concrete, aircraft cable 210cm (H) each

Nika Neelova
After you left they took it apart Installation view Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam. Reconstructed door mould cast in polyurethane rubber, cast concrete 400cm x 350cm; dimensions variable with installation


Nika Neelova b. 1987 in Moscow, Russia; lives and works in London

2011 MA Fine Art Sculpture, Slade School of Art, London
2008 BA Fine Art Interdisciplinary, Royal Art Academy, The Hague
2004 Stage Design Formation Course, Lenkom, Moscow

Selected solo exhibitions:
2017 lemniscates, Independent, Brussels
2016 FAULTS / FOLDS / FALLS, Vigo Gallery, London
2015 Land Securities Public Art Commission, London
2014 I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam
2013 Fragments Shored against the Ruins, Vigo Gallery, London
2013 Northern Taurids, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2011 Fractions, Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin
2011 Monuments, Charlie Smith Gallery, London
2009 Attitudes to a Miss, Christus Triumphator, The Hague

Selected group exhibitions:
2017 XVII. The Age of Nymphs, Mimosa House, London
2017 Theatre of the Absurd, Green Art Gallery, Dubai
2017 lithic, Osnova gallery, Code fair, Copenhagen
2017 Artist Rooms, Copeland Gallery, Bussey Building London
2017 The opposite of Now, Guest Projects, London
2017 Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, UK
2017 Micro Salon (1957-2017) Iris Clert Legacy, l’inlassable Paris
2017 Blue Seventeen, Osnova gallery, WinZavod Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
2017 Seventeen, Centrala, Birmingham
2017 Leidenschaft, Museum Art Plus, Germany
2017 New Material, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Arts Council England, London
2017 London Fashion Week in collaboration with Qasimi, Somerset House London
2016 Habitus, curated by Matthew Burrows, The Observer Building, UK
2016 Antislip, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2016 Playroom, Union Club Soho, London
2016 A city without a sound, curated by Karina El-Helou, Averard Hotel, London
2015 ARCHEOLOGIA E ARCHITETTURA, Fondazione 107, Turin
2015 The Sky is a mountain, organised by Stifelsen 3,14, Norway
2015 The Presence of Absence, Berloni, London
2015 Art Rotterdam, Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam
2014 Brand New Second Hand, Vigo Gallery, London
2014 Lichtspiele, Museum Biedermann, Germany
2014 Warp and Woof, The Hole Gallery, New York
2014 The Crisis Commission curated by Laurence Sillars, Christie’s London
2014 Art 14 London, exhibiting with Vigo Gallery, London
2013 Great Men Die Twice, Mario Sequeira Gallery, Portugal
2013 Gaiety is most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery London
2013 Russian London, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia
2013 Dismantling, Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin
2013 Volta Basel, exhibiting with Jarmuschek+Partner, Basel
2013 It’s About Time, curated by Paul Carey-Kent, ASC gallery, London
2013 The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London
2012 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award Exhibition, London
2012 The Crisis Commission, Somerset House and Christie’s London
2012 Saatchi New Sensations and The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London
2012 Recasting the Gods, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London
2012 Dividing Line, curated by Sumarria Lunn Gallery, High House, Oxfordshire
2012 RAW Rotterdam, Charlie Smith Gallery, Rotterdam
2011 Reworking Memories, Group Show, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome
2011 The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London, UK
2011 Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, United States
2011 Charlie Sierra Lima, Group Show, Charlie Smith, London, UK
2011 3 Worlds in 1, London International, Lithuania
2011 The Future Can Wait presents: Polemically Small, Charlie Smith London
2011 Paris Fashion Week, Qasimi Homme, Paris
2011 Volta Basel, Jarmuschek + Partner Gallery, Basel
2010 Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations, Boswall House, London
2010 The Future Can Wait, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2010 Young Gods, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK
2008, Paraat #4. Ron Mandos gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Awards & residencies:
2017 Syllabus residency Wysing Art Centre, UK in association with Studio Voltaire, Spike Island Bristol, New Contemporaries, S1 Space, Eastside Projects
2016 Awarded Nova Art Commission London, UK
2015 Stiftelsen 3,14 Residency, Norway
2013 Sculpture Shock Award & Royal British Society of Sculptors
2013 Villa Lena Art Foundation Residency, Tuscany, Italy
2012 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, London
2011 Olga Roubinskaya Foundation Award, Moscow
2011 The Land Securities Prize Award, London
2010 The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 New Sensations Prize, London
2010 Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The Fifth Annual Young Sculptors Prize
2010 Residency at the Kurt Schwitters Merzbarn Foundation, Lake District

Publications & press:
2017 Art Monthly Review of Seventeen Centrala Birmingham review
2017 this is tomorrow review ‘Seventeen’ Centrala Birmingham review
2017 Art Research Map, review of Independent Brussels 2017
2017 White Hot Magazine, review of Independent Brussels 2017
2017 review of Blue Seventeen by Y. Ginsbourg
2017 Scandale Project magazine and publication Art is.
2016 Sailing on Solaris, by Nick Hackworth
2016 Sculpture Shock Publication, RBS London
2016 Interview, FMS magazine London
2015 Art and Religion in the 21st Century, by Aaron Rosen, Thames & Hudson publishing
2015 The Presence of Absence, Paul Carey-Kent & Berloni Gallery, London
2014 100 London Artists, by Edward Lucie-Smith & Zavier Ellis
2014 Highlike Book, Electronic Language International Festival and SESI publishing
2014 The Language of Sculpture, Crowood Press
2014 Aesthetica Catalogue, Artists Reviewed
2014 Lichtspiele, Museum Biedermann Exhibition catalogue
2013 Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery Catalogue
2013 Nika Neelova Short Feature Film, Crane TV
2013 Russian Art is Hot says the Saatchi, Huffington Post
2013 Interview Art and Surrender, Near East Magazine
2013 Interview and exhibition review, Formidable Magazine
2013 PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Catalogue
2012 ‘Salvaged Memories’ Interview, Phaidon
2012 1883 Magazine Interview and exhibition review
2012 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award
2012 The Future Can Wait Exhibition Catalogue
2012 Christie’s Auction Catalogue The Crisis Commission
2012 The Crisis Commission Catalogue
2011 The Catlin Guide, Selected Artists
2011 ‘The moment before collapse’, Interview for K Magazine
2011 Nika Neelova: Memories of Now by Paul Carey-Kent, Exhibition review
2011 ‘Monuments’. Exhibition review and interview, New Style Magazine
2010 ‘Future art stars cause a New Sensation’, Exhibition review, Evening Standard
2010 3 minute feature film, Channel 4 & Saatchi New Sensations
2009 Slade Album of Prints, Selected prints, collection book

2017 NOVA public art commission, Victoria, London
2015 Land Securities Commission, One New Ludgate, London
2012 The Crisis Commission, Somerset House, London

DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation Collection, London
Saatchi Gallery Collection, London
PERMM Museum of Modern Art Collection, Russia
Museum Biedermann Collection, Germany
Beth de Woody Collection, New York
Jason Martin Collection, Portugal
Levett Collection, London
Land Securities Commission, London
Beckers Collection, Sweden
Private collections in UK, Germany, France, Russia, The Netherlands

Nika Neelova
Nika Neelova, Untitled (ikea stools), 2016, Cast plaster, 130 x 77 x 5 cm

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Nika Neelova, Blue 17 (1,2,3), 2017 ,Cast jesmonite, 39 x 29 x 5 cm, (15.21 x 11.31 x 1.95 in) NINE-001

Nika Neelova Untitled (folded studio)
Nika Neelova, Untitled (folded studio), 2017, Stainless steel, 280 x 400 x 200 cm, (109.2 x 156.0 x 78.0 in) ed. 1/3

The proposed sculpture is an attempt at introducing the space of the artist’s studio into the space of the exhibition thereby ‘opening’ it to the public. Untitled (folded studio) is the retraced perimeter of the artist studio replicated in steel. Mounted on hinges, the structure is flexible on each plane and can adopt various configurations depending on its surrounding space. When fully unfolded the structure takes the shape of a room, which when fully folded can be flat-packed and stored away. The public is welcome to walk through the resulting ‘space’ or adjust its spatial position and configuration, so in the duration of the exhibition the piece can adopt different forms and functions casually changed and adapting to the flow of people through space. Tracing only the outlines of the space and thereby defining the limits that separate it from the rest of the world, the studio becomes an object that seeks to disappear between other objects. It is unable to contain space and thereby seemingly protests its original purpose, cancels itself out, withdrawing from expectations and refusing to be. Inviting the public to walk through the artist’s space and exposing the studio where the work has also been produced intentionally inverts its purpose and questions the relationship of artist and public.

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Nika Nee, lova Lithic, 2017, Recycled upholstery foam, jesmonite, marble dust, 300 x 360 cm, (117.0 x 140.4 in) NINE-004

The sculpture is made from upholstery foam from recycled furniture soaked in jesmonite and marble dusts suggesting the transition of a piece initially made based on human proportion into an abstract geological formation. Its deliberately diluted distressed colours and texture are reminiscent of an eroding ruined structure. Suspending the creases made by human weight in a permanent static state, ‘lithic’ is an attempt at creating artificial rocks out of the relics of our lived environment, questioning the possibility of continuity between the human body, furniture, architecture and the geology of earth.

XVII. The Age of Nymphs

XVII. The Age of Nymphs

10.11.17 – 13.01.18 Exhibition “XVII. The Age of Nymphs” Nika Neelova, Yelena Popova Olga Grotova и  Mira Calix in space Mimosa House, London, UK.

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Dama – Turin – Nika Neelova

1 - 4 November 2018

D.A.M.A. Turin from the 1st to the 4th of November artist: Nika Neelova DAMA is an independent project that will take place at the historic palace in the center of …

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Tell me Net

Tell me Net

12 September - 15 October 2017

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Code art fair 2017

August 31 – September 3, 2017

Booht 001 Osnova gallery is delighted to present its leading artists Nika Neelova and Yelena Popova on Code Art Fair, which will be held in Copenhagen, Danmark. The works by …

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Blue.Seventeen: Olga Grotova, Nika Neelova and Yelena Popova.

Blue.Seventeen: Olga Grotova, Nika Neelova and Yelena Popova.

March 3 - April 9, 2017

Artists: Olga Grotova, Nika Neelova, Elena Popova. Curator: Sasha Burkhanova.

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