Berlin 14 April - 2 May 2024
Nurturing the inner child
by Prosha Kolosov
April 14 - May 2 2024


After graduating Magna Cum Laude in Japanese Studies, Prosha worked with his father for the family-run business KVN-Studio (http://kvn-studio.com). Fascinated by different aspects of urban subculture since his teens, Prosha implements its elements, artifacts & phenomenons into his creative practice. The move to Berlin helped him reimagine himself as an artist after long years of teaching ceramics and producing tableware for restaurants and cafes.

He had a great childhood with loving parents and better access to commodities than many of his peers, but he made little time for playfulness and childlike exuberance. He was always pushing to the limit in his studies and started working at the family-run ceramic studio when he was only 14. When his skateboard friends were learning tricks he was sketching them rather than skating himself.At that time he still couldn't afford buying brand new USA-made skateboards every time the old ones got old, chipped or broken. Nor could he find the time to try fun stuff like surfing or getting a motorcycle license.


This installation is a visual exploration of Prosha's sources of inspiration and /the things he (might have) missed growing up.

The works exhibited here embody a wide range of emotions - no envy, resentment or grudge though, as it was Prosha's personal choice - while playing with some (sub)cultural imagery to bring out the inner child.


WORKS
No Speed Limits Wall Lamp
A project I was craving to fulfill for about 10 years, since I saw Ducati Pangale superbike for the first time. Somehow, all has come together then - the idea of a motorbike going through the wall while being the part of this wall and emitting the light. I needed a time and a motivation to finish it.

Movin to Berlin has given me a chance to go back to creating artwork.

33x24x22

Handbuilt, Manually painted+LED RGB lamp inside.

Stoneware, glazes

400€





C.R.E.A.M. Piggybank
One of the main misconceptions about Germany is that it is actually pretty old-school in finances and banking. Everybody here loves cash - that's the fact which makes this acronym by Wu-Tang Clan so relevant in Berlin. The EC logo on a yellow cube marks every ATM in the city - the spots where everybody has to go to withdraw their Euros to pay at Spätis (bodegas), bars, flea markets etc.

A piggybank is where you store the cash when you are the kid and it is maybe the first ceramic object after crockery we get to know when we grow up.

18x18x18

Handbuilt, Manually painted, Spray-glazed

Stoneware, engobes, glazes

150€





The SkateBowl
Skateboarding is what really formed me as a person - music tastes, style, sense of freedom, creativity and acquaintances to name a few.

There's a particular form objects called bowls or skate-bowls - a form of a pool you can skate in. At the same time bowl is a form closely associated with pottery.

Hence the wordplay. Another meta-meaning is the skater figure itself: it is deliberately made in a minimalistic graphical style - to represent the logo of Girl Skateboards, a brand whose videos greatly influenced my perception of creativity in skateboarding. You can also see it on the chest of the figure.

d 27 cm h 9cm (bowl) - 17 cm (skater)

Wheelthrown, manually painted

Stoneware, engobes, glazes, acryllic paint

100€





Mini SkateBowl
Skateboarding is what really formed me as a person - music tastes, style, sense of freedom, creativity and acquaintances to name a few.

There's a particular form objects called bowls or skate-bowls - a form of a pool you can skate in. At the same time bowl is a form closely associated with pottery.

Hence the wordplay. This version represent a 2-part pool

d18 (9) h8

Wheelthrown, manually painted

Stoneware, engobes, glazes

40€





Bänke incence burner
Skateboarding is what really formed me as a person - music tastes, style, sense of freedom, creativity and acquaintances to name a few.

Bänke at Warschauerstraße in Friedrichshain is one of the most famous street skate-spots of Berlin.

I skated here too during my first trips here in 2012, then in 2015. Now I live nearby and can see how the hood (together with @skatehalle.berlin) draws the skaters from all over the city. Basic yet well-guessed proportions, good height, rather even tiles on the ground and fine marble which sustained several generations of skaters. I will definitely come here to grind, flip and slide these benches when it gets a bit warmer.

28x13x3,5

Hand-bulit, manually painted

Stoneware, glazes

50€





The Wave
The waves are never the same - each can be unique, while keeping the general pattern. The sea surface was always inspiring artists.

Being deeply inspired by Japanese culture, I decided to create this homage homage to Hokusai as a study for a bigger work. Surprisingly, it works great on its own.

20x22x4

hand-built

Stoneware, glazes

20€





Swell #1 #2
Surfing was always sort of a dream to me.

So close, yet so far.

Along with freeride snowboarding it is the closest you can get to merging with nature yet giving you the adrenaline surge.

I still regret not trying it earlier during a family trip to Emerald Isle in North Carolina, USA and only starting at the age of 30 in Portugal.

We have been warping bowls like that for years giving them this wave shape which looks like a "tube" to ride.

#1 35x25x12
#2 33x23x11

Wheel-thrown, manually glazed

Stoneware, glazes

200€





Bless Skateboarding
Bruises, strains, cuts, fractures - that's all is an essential part of the subculture. When you skate you always know you can fall and fall hard. But it is more important you stand up after every fail - that what skateboarding gave to me.

For some it becomes a form of religion. In Christianity the crown of thorns was an important symbol. Hawthorn itself was the favorite plant of my late mother I lost in 2010 to cancer. She was a Renaissance-kind of person who has taught me a lot about art and culture.

80 x 23 x 5

Hand-built

Black stoneware, Humade "Kintsugi" epoxy

200€





Contact Prosha:

Please send your inquiries here
Germany, Berlin 12047 Reuterstraße 20
Phone/Telegram/WhatsApp: +49 152 29438800
Email: prokhor.kolosov@gmail.com

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