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Cheglakov

Alexander

RUSSIA

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“For me the worse the wood, the better it is!”

The works of Alexander Cheglakov attract the attention of the viewer at first sight: such a great skill the artist has and so freely he uses the traditional set of decorative art techniques. It seems that there is a certain danger in it: technology can become an end in itself and lead one into unjustified experimentation. However, it does not happen to Cheglakov — each new object becomes the development of a certain stage, verification of certain techniques, ideological and semantic findings.

A gorgeous wooden artwork candle holder made from the fallen oak branch, which is about 250 years old. The stand is made of Siberian larch. The shape of the artwork resembles a lyre of Apollo from ancient Greek mythology. Seven candles are set on brass "strings", and a living flickering fire creates the feeling of Lyra sound. The artwork is covered and protected with special wood wax and lightly colored with gold paint.

Alexander's works are expressive bright compositions consisting of complexly structured elements of naturally aged wood.

On the crest of a wave

Wood Carving

$11,000

Wooden artwork made from the trunk of the fallen oak, struck by lightning, and burned out almost completely from the inside. The shape resembles a wave crest. A natural pearl shell with a candle symbolizing a pearl is based on the surface. Candles emanate a warm atmosphere. The artwork is covered and protected with special wood wax and colored with gold paint. The stand is made of Siberian larch and circled by the rope.

Most often, dead secular trees are used as material. Thanks to the special technique and amazing imagination of the artist, wood gets a well-deserved second life in the interior.

There is a certain danger in this: technology can become an end in itself and lead one into unjustified experimentation.

Alexander Cheglakov created a new direction in arts and crafts, synthesizing diverse materials and harmoniously combining them with each other, as a result of which he presented the viewer with a new look at the works of wood alchemy.

“For me the worse the wood, the better it is!” Alexander notes paradoxically.
The longer a spruce or an oak is on the ground or in the water, the more valuable they are in terms of structure — a natural break in the trunk. The internal and external surfaces of the wood after processing are striking in their texture and beauty.
“I process the surface in different ways: I grind and cover it with wax or, on the contrary, I emphasize a corrugated texture for volume, sometimes I age it, “uglify” it with an ax or a chainsaw, and then I brush it again with metal brushes of different hardness.
However, I know when to stop and try to make minimal changes in what nature has created.”

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Large-scale compositions, candlesticks, lamps, wall panels are designed for everyday use, but at the same time require a special arrangement and even are inclined towards a theatrical situation. Some forms are extravagant; they deliberately demonstrate their uniqueness, relying on the exclusiveness of the demonstration. Many art objects are connected with historical and religious subjects, which make it possible to “title” the work in an original way.