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Recycle GroupAPRIL 3 – MAY 3, 2015

Heaven Carrier

The exhibition title, Heaven Carrier, invites multi-faceted comparison between religion and the wireless networks of today. If “heaven” is a transcendent utopia promised by many faiths, and “carrier” is a corporation that provides data services, it asks what differences remain between them. If both powers hold an omnipotent presence and dictate from above, which holds greater control over the daily life of the individual in the current age?

Exhibition highlights include Tower (2015), a metal truss entangled with electrical wire looms and topped with antenna spires in a futuristic revision of ancient obelisks. Dome (2015), recalls the Renaissance-era trompe-l’œil oculus Camera degli Sposi in the Palazzo Ducale. Polyurethane rubber takes the place of marble in the creation of portrait busts. In using these methods of depiction historically reserved for Western religious icons and monarchs, Recycle Group portrays how social media has replaced these older orders of power in affirming existence, identity, and cultural belonging for the masses. Whether this observation should be perceived as an ailment or advantage is ultimately left for the viewer to decide.

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Recycle Group consists of Andrey Blokhin (b. 1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (b. 1985), two contemporary Russian artists who work primarily with industrial mediums such as acrylic, plastic mesh, and polyurethane rubber to examine contemporary culture through a quasi-archaeological lens. As...

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