Recycle Group

Recycle Group was formed by Andrey Blokhin (born in 1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (born in 1985) in 2006. Art works by Recycle Group stand out due to their humour and ingenious approach to most acute features of modern life by combining classic themes and non-traditional material, i.e. polyurethane, silicone, plastic, etc. Their art is characterized by a sophisticated provocation that aims to find a compromise between apparently incompatible subjects: the classical with the contemporary, the Western European artistic tradition with Russia’s domestic realities. They frequently turn to history to illustrate issues in contemporary life, particularly those that are grotesque and shocking. In their projects the process of total globalization of information networks is compared to the historic turning of humanity to the Christian faith, only the enlighteners are the bearers of a new sacral knowledge preserved in the virtual space of the Cloud. The mission of these enlighteners lies in the dissemination to humanity of this knowledge of new technologies and of the mysteries kept in the Cloud. Andrey and Georgy constantly explore new cutting edge media for their artworks – their recent projects, including Blocked Content at Russian Pavilion of La Biennale di Venezia (2016), immerse the viewers into augmented reality in open and closed space.

Since 2008 the artists have regularly participated in various group shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. The year 2008 marked their first ever personal exhibition under the title Recycle. Two years later, Recycle Group won the prestigious Kandinsky Prize in the nomination Young Artist for their Reverse project. Since 2010 works by the art group have been showcased on a regular basis in international galleries and various contemporary art spaces in France, Italy, Great Britain, USA and Belgium.

The artists participated in the programme of La Biennale di Venezia in 2011 and 2013. Their large-scale installation, made of plastic mesh, decorated the façade of Grand Palais during the international art fair Art Paris 2013 and the façade of London School of Economics. Works by Recycle Group are part of the public collections of Glasstress, Royal Museum of Scotland, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and many other museums.

SOLO SHOWS

2017

Blocked Content, Russian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

TempleOS, Le Grand Cordel, Rennes (France)

2016

Detected Reality, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York (USA)

Novus Ordo Seclorum, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (France)

Code 404, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

2015

Conversion, Collateral Event of 56th Biennale di Venezia, Church Sant’Antonin, Venice (Italy)

Heaven Carrier, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York (USA)

Keep Me Updated Your Holiness, Gazelli Art House, London (UK)

2014

Final Sale, London School of Economics, London (UK)

2013

Holy ID, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve — LOFT 19, Paris (France)

Part of The Moment, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

2012

Paradise Network, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (Russia)

Recycle, PERMM Museum, Perm (Russia)

HIAP, Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki (Finland)

Future Archaeology, Mironova Gallery, Kiev (Ukraine)

2011

Miracle Proof, Contemporary Art Museum TverCA, Tver (Russia)

2010

Reverse, M&J Guelman Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow (Russia)

Recycle, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Layers, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

2009

Blister, M&J Guelman Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow (Russia)

2008

RECYCLE project, M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Sculpture in the City, London (UK)

10th Arte Laguna Art Prize, exhibition of nominants, Venice (Italy)

Spheres 9, Galleria Continua, Le Moulins (France)

Archeology of Future, Manege, Kazan Kremlin, Kazan (Russia)

2015

Glasstress Gotika, 56 International Venice Biennale, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice (Italy)

BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places, Momentum, Berlin (Germany)

2014

Post Pop, East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK)

Busan Biennale 2014, Inhabiting the World, Busan (South Korea)

Le Temps au Temps, Carreau du Temple, Paris (France)

Le bas-relief dans tous ses états, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve / LOFT 19, Paris (France)

2013

Last Space Remaining, Gazeli Art House, London (UK)

Fragile-Murano: Chefs-d’oeuvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXIème siècle, Musée Maillol, Paris (France)

Dior in Art, Sao Paulo (Brasil)

Future Archaeology, Design Centre ARTPLAY, Moscow (Russia)

GosZakaz, CCA Winzavod, Moscow (Russia)

SOPROMAT, Design Center ARTPLAY, Moscow (Russia)

Russia XXI. Contemporary Russian Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Hague (Netherlands)

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, 55th International Art Exhibition, Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere Ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice (Italy)

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, Wallace Collection, London (UK)

2012

Futurologia, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, Nantes Apocalypse and Renaissance, Kiev Biennale, Kiev (Ukraine)

Icons, Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar (Russia)

HIAP, Kaapelin Gallery, Helsinki (Finland)

Art for Fake, K35 Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Icons, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm (Russia)

2011

Dior in Art, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (Russia)

Glasstress 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

Kandinsky Prize exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

Conservation, New Holland project, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Festival Territoria, The Winter Theatre, Sochi (Russia)

Russia Dior, Shanghai Plaza 66, Shanghai (China)

Miracle Proof, TverCA Contemporary Art Museum, Tver (Russia)

2010

Futurologia, Centre for Contemporary Art Garage, Moscow (Russia)

GOGOLFEST, Festival of Contemporary Art, Kiev (Ukraine)

Kandinsky Prize exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

Festival of Contemporary Art Parcours Saint Germain, Paris (Russia)

III Festival of Contemporary Art of D.A. Prigov, National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)

2009

Innovation Prize exhibition, National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)

The Space of Silence, Krasnoye Znamia Factory, St. Petersburg, Russia Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

ART DIGITAL, M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)

Russia Povera, Red October Factory, Moscow (Russia)

Kandinsky Prize exhibition, Louise Blouin Foundation, London (UK)

Kandinsky Prize exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

Museum night, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm (Russia)

2008

Young Artist Session, Exhibition Hall Manege, St. Petersburg (Russia)

20th Anniversary of Mars Gallery, Mars Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Kronprintz Tower: Second Advent, National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad (Russia)

Museum Night, Central Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar State Art Museum, Krasnodar (Russia)

100 Years of Tunguska Event, Lenin’s Museum, Krasnoyarsk (Russia)

Russia Povera, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm (Russia)

Kandinsky Prize exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

2007

II International Youth Project M’ARTian Fields, M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)

Synthetics, Central House of Artists, Moscow (Russia)

2006

Performart, VI International Festival of Experimental Arts, Exhibition Hall Manege, St. Petersburg (Russia)

New Palette, The Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg (Russia)

SELECTED AWARDS

2016

Special Prize of Arte Laguna Art Prize Festivals & Exhibitions

2010

Kandinsky Prize, Best Young Artist. Project of the Year

Artists
Recycle Group

Recycle Group was formed by Andrey Blokhin (born in 1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (born in 1985) in 2006. Art works by Recycle Group stand out due to their humour and ingenious approach to most acute features of modern life by combining classic themes and non-traditional material, i.e. polyurethane, silicone, plastic, etc. Their art is characterized by a sophisticated provocation that aims to find a compromise between apparently incompatible subjects: the classical with the contemporary, the Western European artistic tradition with Russia’s domestic realities. They frequently turn to history to illustrate issues in contemporary life, particularly those that are grotesque and shocking. In their projects the process of total globalization of information networks is compared to the historic turning of humanity to the Christian faith, only the enlighteners are the bearers of a new sacral knowledge preserved in the virtual space of the Cloud. The mission of these enlighteners lies in the dissemination to humanity of this knowledge of new technologies and of the mysteries kept in the Cloud. Andrey and Georgy constantly explore new cutting edge media for their artworks – their recent projects, including Blocked Content at Russian Pavilion of La Biennale di Venezia (2016), immerse the viewers into augmented reality in open and closed space.

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