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Andrei Molodkin: Transformer No V579

16th September to 17th December 2011

The Transformer of the Former

The acceptance of the fact that Utopias cannot be realized is a statement of failure which is also, in a higher sense, a success. On the one hand, the “great longing for a great defeat”; on the other hand, confirmation that failure has become a speculative phenomenon. Defeat is celebrated like a victory, a victory as a defeat. If boredom is conducive to philosophizing, then melancholy is even more so, considering that melancholic spleen is a synonym for the dejection that we feel when contemplating unvarnished reality; this is particularly true of zealous champions of beauty and harmony, who include quite a few members of the political class and of economic elites. No wonder that hi-tech beauty has taken the place of low-tech one, once destined (according to Dostoevsky) “to save the world.” To enjoy the swap, one needs to “amen up” the various rips and chinks through which the gaze of a critically engaged artist can see the nakedness of the reality underneath. 

The reality underneath is tinted with corporate and financial terrorism, aimed at conquering new markets for trade and territories rich in oil reserves. But unlike those who “amen it up,” Andrei Molodkin sincerely exposes such sins to the light of interpretation, or (even) self-scrutiny. His Transformer no. V579 (consisting of oil and light tubes) is perfectly fitted for a transformative change, ranging from paranoia to metanoia. Upon exiting the Transformer, the viewers are expected to become true revolutionaries, capable of achieving a variety of mutually exclusive goals.

1966 Born in Boui, Northern Russia
Lives and works in Paris and Moscow
EDUCATION

1976 - 1980 School specialised in plastic arts, Boui, Russia
1981 - 1985 College of Arts, Krasnoe-on-Volga, Russia
1987 - 1992 Stroganov Institute, Moscow. Department of Architecture and Interior Design
1st prize in an architectural competition organised by the City of St Petersburg (Design for a station of the St Petersburg Metropolitan)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011
Transformer no. V579, Art Sensus, London
Sincere, Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy

2010
Absolute Return, Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France

2009
Liquid Modernity, Orel Art UK, London
Oil evolution, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
Swiss Passion, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2008
Liquid Black After Liquid Sky, Pack Gallery, Milan
Guts à la russe, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
Touchy art (Tachi's art), Nina Lumer Gallery, Milan

2007
8, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich
Sweet Crude American Dream, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York

2006
Cold War II, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
Empire at War, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
Sweet Crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich

2005
Sweet Crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York

2003
Love Copyright, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
Love Copyright, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York

2002
Polius, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
Carré Noir Gallery, Paris

2001
Novonovosibirsk, The Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg
Blue Dream, Freud’s Dream Museum, St Petersburg

1999
Novonovosibirsk, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009
Venice Bienniale, Russian Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2008
Russian Dream, Bass Museum, Miami

2007
East/West, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
Moscow World Fine Art Fair, Orel Art Gallery, Moscow
Art Moscow, Orel Art Gallery, Moscow
Paper Trails- New Adventures in Drawing, VI Gallery, Denmark.
DIFC Gulf Art Fair, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Dubai
Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Orel Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, EAU
Art Paris, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
Bushels, Bundles and Barrels, Superfund, New York

2006
Petrodollar, Pierogi and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Miami
The Kiss, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Scope, Miami
Modus R, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami
Madame Butterfly, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Paris Photo, Paris
God is Great, Guelman Gallery, Art Moscow, Moscow
Life After Death, Orel Art Gallery, Art Moscow, Moscow
Art Attack! (Russian contemporary art), Orel Art Gallery, Paris

2005
Black Heart, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
Liquid Madonna, Orel Art Gallery, FIAC, Paris
Scope, Orel Art Gallery, London
Art Moscow, Orel Art Gallery, Moscow

2004
Trash Resources, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
Notre Patrimoine, European Parliament, Brussels
Playing For Oil, Flash Art Milan, Orel Art Gallery, Milan
Art Brussels, Orel Art Gallery, Brussels
Art Moscow, Orel Art Gallery, Moscow

2003
Love Copyright, Art Moscow, Orel Art Gallery, Moscow
Underground City, Labin, Croatia
New Beginning of Contemporary Art of Moscow, Düsseldorf, Germany

2002
Polus, Photobiennale 2002, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow
Body as Sculpture, Carré Noir Gallery, Paris Photo, Paris
Biesterfeld Art Management, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2001
Novonovosibirsk, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg
New Academy, Saint Petersburg
Private Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg
Freud's Dream Museum, St Petersburg
Novonovosibirsk, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
Paris Photo Fair 2001, Carrousel du Louvre, Carré Noir Gallery, Paris
Moscow House of Photography, Moscow

2000
Photobiennale 2000, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow
Novonovosibirsk, Instrumenta, Novy Manezh, State Duma, Moscow
Paris Photo Fair 2000, Louvre Carrousel, Carré Noir Gallery, Paris

1999
Art Manege 99, Yakut Gallery, Moscow
COLLECTIONS

The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg
Freud's Dream Museum, St Petersburg
Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
European and American private collections

Andrei Molodkin, Liquid Modernity. Edited and with essays by Margarita Tupitsyn and Victor Tupitsyn, Orel Art UK, 2009
Russia in Focus, Art Contemporain Russe.editions Orel Art, Paris, 2008
Andrei Molodkin: Cold War II. Victor Tupitsyn and Margarita Tupitsyn (eds.). Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, 2007
Art Sensus
7 Howick Place,
London SW1P 1BB