Karen Nikgol – Obsessions

Genova - 24/06/2015 : 28/06/2015

L'erotico e l'esoterico, il trash e il divino sono mescolati, nella sua visione, alle ossessioni future, portando inevitabilmente alla rovina o all’illuminazione chi insegue le proprie idee e passioni.


  • Luogo: SPACE4235
  • Indirizzo: Via Goito 8 - Genova - Liguria
  • Quando: dal 24/06/2015 - al 28/06/2015
  • Vernissage: 24/06/2015 ore 18.30
  • Autori: Karen Nikgol
  • Generi: arte contemporanea, personale
  • Orari: dal 2​6​ al 2​8 di giugno orari: da ​​venerdì ​a​ ​domenica dalle 16:00 - 19:00 o su appuntamento​​ ​

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In the perfumery everything is constructed to be perfect.
The room is lush and pink, smells of sweat, semen and sulfur fills the room, which is constructed
into three different levels of distillation. Naked body painted hippies are singing, playing sitar,
meditating, all over the place. On the top level, Yves` boyfriend Pierre Bergé is sitting in a huge test
tube, put on fire. He is sweating, meditating, masturbating, devoted forever to Yves, singing French
hymns of love. His sweat trickles out of the test tube and into another tube containing a human skull

The sweet smell of sweat, semen and human bones are mixed, creating luscious drops of perfume
flowing further into the second level through a connected tube. (Fire)

On the second level of the perfumery, Yves has put several tubes containing animals on the fire.
Frogs, insects and birds are all sweating, sweating for Yves. The smell of semen and sweat from
Pierre and the skull is mixed with the sweet smell of frogs and insects, sweating and dying in spams,
convulsions of neon death. Their essence drizzles out, and is mixed with the essence of Pierre and
the skull. The perfume drizzles further down and onto the third level. (Earth)

On the third level there is only one material. Here Yves is distilling the most perfect flower of them
all, the red rose. He is looking content at the tube containing the rose, which is slowly dying, drying
out and falling apart. The rose leaves off a sensual, sweet smell, mixed with the smell of a skull,
semen, sweat, animals. A woman is beside him, singing hymns of the French republic, having orgasm
and spasms. The perfume is now becoming perfect. (Water)

Yves, the modern alchemist smells his new perfume. A white drop trickles out of the test tube,
seemingly looking like sperm but with the smell of heaven. He rubs it against his neck, throat and
penis. Then he tastes his fingers, licking them gently. Animals, humans and flowers, all working,
sweating towards the goal, the attainment of eternity. (Air)

For the exhibition "Obsessions" Karen Nikgol is showing several newly produced oil paintings and
a film. The erotic and the esoteric, the trashy and the god like are mixed in his vision of future
obsessions, obsessions that inevitably bring downfall or enlightenment to those that follow
their own ideas and lusts.

The narrative film "The Apparition of Santa Maria as envisioned by St.Ignatius of Loyola" is filmed in
Genoa, Paris and Oslo. It deals with the struggle of a monk, obsessed with a skull, chasing his most
important relic through different scenarios inspired by alchemy, freemasonry and geometry, into the

Karen Nikgol (b.1983) is a painter, curator and choreographer. His works stretches itself into all
these expressions, always erotic, mystical and quirky. His latest exhibitions include his own operetta
"The Silent Song of The Sphinx" at Black Box Theatre in Oslo, painting and performance
exhibitions at Combo in Cordoba, The Vigeland Park in Oslo, NO in NYC, 18th Street Arts Centre
in Los Angeles, Museum Gavu Cheb in the Czech Republic and 4235 in Genoa, Italy.
His is currently working on a grand stage production entitled "Satyricon", to be realized at Black
Box Theatre in august 2016.
Karen is also one of the founding members and curators of the artist run space Noplace, Oslo.



''La profumeria di Yves Saint Laurent''

All’interno della mostra "Ossessioni", Karen Nikgol espone diversi dipinti a olio di nuova
produzione e un film. L'erotico e l'esoterico, il trash e il divino sono mescolati, nella sua visione,
alle ossessioni future, portando inevitabilmente alla rovina o all’illuminazione chi insegue le proprie
idee e passioni.

Il film narrativo "L'apparizione di Santa Maria, come concepita da Sant' Ignazio di Loyola", girato
tra Genova, Parigi e Oslo, tratta della lotta di un monaco ossessionato da un teschio, che insegue la
sua più preziosa reliquia attraverso diversi scenari ispirati all’alchimia, alla massoneria, alla geometria,
e all'aldilà.

Karen Nikgol (b.1983) è artista, curatore e coreografo. Le sue opere abbracciano diverse espressioni,
sempre erotiche, mistiche e stravaganti. Le sue ultime produzioni includono l’operetta "The Silent
Song of The Sphinx", al Black Box Theatre di Oslo, performance e pittura al Combo a Cordoba,
Vigeland Park, Oslo, NO New York, 18th Street Arts Centre di Los Angeles, Museo Gavu Cheb
nella Repubblica Ceca e 4235 a Genova, Italia.
Attualmente é impegnato alla produzione di una grande opera teatrale intitolata "Satyricon", in scena
al Black Box Theatre di Oslo ad agosto 2016.
Karen è anche uno dei membri fondatori e curatori dell’artist-run space Noplace, Oslo.