The point of Shul’zhenko’s art is to capture the essential Russian-ness which of course gets him the russophobe label.
Unlike his namesake Vasily Lozhkin (Василий Ложкин) in Solnechnogorsk (see www.staritsa.info >> Moscow to St. Petesburg >> Solnechnogorsk)who presents Russian
ugliness, absurdities, and downrigh horrors peculiarities in a light humorous way, Shul’zhenko’s art is “serious” or downright tragic.
Above is your typical Lozhkin. Below is equally typical Shul’zhenko.
But I recommend you contemplate BOTH in preparation for your trip to Russia. And also Vladimir Manuhin (Владимир Манюхин) with his projections of iconic Moscow images onto post-apocalypse era.