Michail Michailov — on the other side (from the series: grease stains, 2023)

Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, 2021
Self-published poster edition
52.5 × 73.5 cm, folded to 17.5 × 24.5 cm, double-sided offset print
For free withdrawal in the exhibition and as an insert in the annual publication 2022
Print run of 1000 pieces

Graphic design: Michail Michailov
Editors: Gudrun Ratzinger & Franz Thalmair

On the exhibition

Michail Michailov — on the other side
March 8 – April 14, 2023

Liquid leaks, splashes, drips, it spills out. Often unintentionally. It seeps through porous material; its grease content combines with the new carrier, sticks to it and settles in tenaciously. Afterwards, it is almost impossible to separate the stain from the material it now permanently inhabits. How does a grease stain come about? Michail Michailov draws inspiration from the unintended, the disturbing, the undesirable. With colored pencils and a touch of obsession, he meticulously draws what normally should not be there and—especially in the art context—must be avoided at all costs. Stains are, after all, the very reason why white gloves are worn by all those who deal with precious originals in museums and other (art) institutions. Their job is to prevent body fat on the hands from bonding with the surfaces of artworks, documents, or rare artifacts.