Recycle Group

Recycle Group /   Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov

Russian Federation 2006

Installation, Sculpture

Recycle Group
Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov
Russian Federation
February 29, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

It is only natural for people to question the matter at hand, investigating possibilities for better, more accurate or “more right” systems to implement and believe in. It has led to branching in almost every single aspect of life throughout history, which has been thus marked by a number of different cultures, religions, laws, artistic directions… With so many standpoints on so many levels, it seems like a ubiquitous presence encompassing the society in contemporary time is the widespread consumerism. Concerned with its after effects, two contemporary Russian artists that go under the name of Recycle Group visually underline this universal issue while merging many of the Western artistic traditions with domestic Russian reality. The duo has been a part of many group shows as well as having many solo exhibitions under their name, and their large-scale installations are a sight to be seen.

The Recycle Group visually underlines the universal issue of material waste

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Recycle Group – Servers (detail), 2014. Photo credits

Recycling Art

It could be said that the two young Russian artists, Andrey Blokhin (born in 1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (born in 1985), are taking art into a new direction altogether. Concerned with the material waste that is increasing in the contemporary society, they largely use industrial materials like plastic mesh, acrylic and polyurethane rubber in creating of their large-scale installations.  Portraying how we are being buried under our own discarded waste, they used the perks of modern technology to display a trash can as a “sarcophagus,” winning the prestigious Kandinsky Prize for their fittingly named project titled Reverse in 2010, after only four years of creating the group. More than just artistically beautiful, some of their works, like the 2014 Car Skeleton, truly send chills down the spine as they make you wonder what it is that you’re leaving behind.

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Left: Recycle Group – Enlightener 5, 2014 / Right: Recycle Group – Enlightener 8, 2014. Photo credits

Merging the Incompatibles

There is a reason why the young duo has exhibited as often and wide as they did, even though their first show took place in 2008. Their practice involves a rather sophisticated approach, one that stretches beyond recycling materials and portraying their effects. The narrative that the two Russian artists are trying to convey is embodiment of both the Western artistic traditions and Russia’s domestic environment; of both classical and contemporary; it brings together histories of different areas into a single mold, and though it may seem like they’re walking on a very thin rope, they do so gracefully. Comparing social media with religion, kings with modern corporate leaders, Christian iconography and relief carvings, all of their pieces tell quite a story while making you wonder.

 All of their pieces tell quite a story while making you wonder

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Recycle Group – Tower Raising 1, 2014. Photo credits

Alluring Complexity

Bridging the gap between different time periods, different styles and viewpoints, Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov manage to compare improper pieces of the puzzle all the while conveying their concern of where the consumerism is taking us. Using recycled materials in their large-scale installations, they have made a number of visually stunning collections which exhibited worldwide. They have been a part of the programme of la Biennale di Venezia in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and their large-scale installations have decorated the facade of Grand Palais during the Art Paris in 2013, as well as the facade of London School of Economics in 2014 – 2015. The works by Recycle Group can be seen in several public collections including Glasstress, Royal Museum of Scotland, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and others.

Recycling Group is represented by Gazelli Art House.

Both Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov live and work in Krasnodar.

Featured image: Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov. Photo credits
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016 Novus Ordo Seclorum Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Solo
2015 Keep Me Updated your Holiness Gazelli Art House Solo
2015 Conversion Chiesa di Sant’Antonin Castello (Campo Sant’Antonin) Solo
2014 Final Sale Public installation at the London School of Economics Solo
2014 Recycle Group Richard Taittinger Gallery Solo
2014 ART14 London Olympia Grand Hall Solo
2014 Recycle Triumph Gallery Solo
2014 Busan Biennale 2014 Inhabiting the World Solo
2014 Art Brussels Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Group
2014 Le Temps au Temps Carreau du Temple Group
2014 Le bas-relief dans tous ses états Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve / LOFT 19 Group
2013 Murano Maillol Museum Solo
2013 Part of The Moment Triumph gallery Solo
2013 Holy ID Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve – LOFT 19 Solo
2013 Untitled Kinetic Art Fair Group
2013 Untitled Art Paris Group
2013 Last Space Remaining Gazelli Art house Group
2013 Untitled Taittinger Art Salon Group
2013 Russian sculpture exhibition Museum Beelden aan Zee Group
2013 Kinetic Art Fair London Group
2013 Art Paris Paris Group
2012 Paradise Network Multimedia Art Museum Solo
2012 Recycle Group Future archeology Solo
2012 Recycle Group PERMM museum Solo
2012 Recycle Group Kaapelin galleria Solo
2012 Recycle Group Russian Embassy in Great Britain Solo
2012 Untitled Futurologia exhibition Group
2012 Program of Kiev biennale Chocolate house Group
2012 Untitled Icons Group
2012 Untitled Icons Group
2012 Untitled Art Kyiv Contemporary Group
2012 Vienna Art Fair Vienna Group
2011 Recycle Group Contemporary Art Museum Tver CA Solo
2011 Kandinsky prize exhibition Central House of Art Group
2011 Dior in Art Poushkine museum Group
2011 Glass tress project program of Venice biennale Group
2011 New Holland project St. Petersburg Group
2011 Dior exhibition China Group
2011 Festival “Territoria” Sochi Group
2010 Reverse M&J Guelman gallery Solo
2010 Recycle Triumph-gallery Solo
2010 Futurologia Center for Contemporary Arts “Garage” Group
2010 International Contemporary Art Fair ART Moscow Moscow Group
2010 International Contemporary Art Fair FIAC Paris Group
2010 International Contemporary Art Fair CosMoscow Moscow Group
2010 Festival of Contemporary Art Gogolfest Group
2010 Festival of Contemporary Art Paris Group
2010 Festival of Contemporary Art of D.A. Prigov; NCCA Moscow Group
2009 Recycle Group M&J Guelman gallery Solo
2009 Recycle Group M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts Solo
2009 The space of silence Russia Group
2009 Exhibition ART DIGITAL M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts Group
2009 Russia Povera Red October factory Group
2009 International Contemporary Art Fair ART Moscow Moscow Group
2009 International Contemporary Art Fair FIAC Paris Group
2009 International Contemporary Art Fair SLICK Paris Group
2009 International Contemporary Art Fair ART Keln Keln Group