crocodilePOWER

crocodilePOWER is a Russian artist duo founded in 2011 by Peter Goloshchapov (born in 1982) and Oksana Simatova (born in 1979). Both are graduates of  Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry (one of the oldest and major higher art institutions in Russia). In 2012, they completed an internship at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Working together has become a new creative experience for both and made a start for studying today’s highly technological world and place of a man in it. crocodilePOWER create mythologies somewhere between fantasy and reality, between technology and nature. 

Their projects are often multimedia, engaging painting, sculpture and large-scale installations. Paintings depict post-apocalyptic landscapes of dystopia and are full of mysterious subjects. Peter and Oksana work extensively with fiberglass, porcelain, wood, moss, bark, iron, and other natural and artificial materials to create their highly impressive, almost real imaginary sculptural objects. In their projects, the artists aim at the sense of “augmented reality”, where fictional is so organically built into familiar reality that its existence seems possible where past, present and future become one.

Porcelain takes a special place in the duo’s oeuvre: Since our first project to the present day, ceramics has played an important role in our creative activity. Working with porcelain is a process of constant experimentation. We very often combine porcelain with fiberglass and natural materials, which serves to further highlight the properties of porcelain and show them from a new angle. Many of our ideas have their first incarnation in porcelain — it assists us in our further work with big forms and other materials.” 

CrocodilePOWER are the participants of International Biennale of Vallauris (2014) and a few editions of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014, 2016). Their solo exhibitions were held in public art spaces of Moscow, Bucharest and Budapest, including Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The duo often participates in group shows in New York, London, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Frankfurt am Main and many other cities.

Solo shows

2017

TGHNN crocodilePOWER/Sandor Szasz, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Life in the Lonely Wood, Mobius Gallery, Bucharest (Romania)

Insomnia, VLADEY Space, Moscow (Russia)

2016

The Borders of Memory, Budapest Art Factory, Budapest (Hungary)

2015

Out of Range, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)

2014

Russian Space, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

2013

Inner Taiga, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Group Shows

2019

Plastic, The State Russian Museum / The Marble Palace, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Quid est veritas?, Annka Kultys Gallery, London (UK)

2018

Through the Looking Glass, Ural Vision Gallery, Yekaterinburg (Russia)

Paradoxical Hybrids, Khlebozavod Center for Contemporary Culture, Vladivostok (Russia)

Homo Deus, Vacation Gallery, New York (USA)

CAPITAL@ART.INTERNATIONAL, O S T > S T E R N, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Paradoxical Hybrids, Parallel program of the 6th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Electromuseum, Moscow (Russia)

Other Shores ATTRACTION: Manege — Triumph gallery, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg (Russia)

2017

Finite Resource, Special project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts, Tonnel Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

WANT / The Cost of Desire, Mobius Art Week, The Hub, Bucharest (Russia)

Hurah! Sculpture! Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg (Russia)

2016

Only Unofficial Language, Parallel program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow (Russia)

Nominibus Trivialibus, Synonimis Selectis, Parallel program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Special project, Apothecaries Garden, Moscow (Russia)

19/92 At First, Special project of the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)

Symbol, Parallel program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Moscow Metallurgical Plant “A Sickle and a Hammer”, Moscow  (Russia) 

 Always Contemporary. The Art of XX–XXI, ROSIZO Gallery, Moscow (Russia)  

2015

Hurah! Sculpture! Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow (Russia)

 2014

Barocco, Parallel program of the 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia) 

Before & After, Special project of the 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Tunnel Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

XXIIIÈME BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE VALLAURIS, Vallauris (France)

2013

The Other Side of Things, Elektrozavod Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

The Study of Researches, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)

2011

Luck is an Attitude, Martini Art Club, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Martini Art Weekend, Red October, Moscow (Russia) 

2010-2011

Operation Smile, Charity Auction of Russian Art by Christie’s, Moscow (Russia)

2008

Qui Vive? Main Project of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)

Award

2012 Henkel Art Award, winner of a national round

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crocodilePOWER

crocodilePOWER is a Russian artist duo founded in 2011 by Peter Goloshchapov (born in 1982) and Oksana Simatova (born in 1979). Both are graduates of Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry (one of the oldest and major higher art institutions in Russia). In 2012, they completed an internship at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Working together has become a new creative experience for both and made a start for studying today’s highly technological world and place of a man in it. crocodilePOWER create mythologies somewhere between fantasy and reality, between technology and nature.

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