• Yuri Albert
  • Nikita Alexeev
  • Yuri Avvakumov
  • Konstantin Batynkov
  • Alexei Politov and Marina Belova
  • Alexander Brodsky
  • Alexei Buldakov
  • Olga Chernysheva
  • Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov
  • Andrei Filippov
  • Dmitri Gutov
  • AES+F Group
  • Alexei Kostroma
  • Julia Milner
  • MishMash project (Misha Leikin & Masha Sumnina)
  • Andrei Molodkin
  • Nikolai Polissky
  • Alexander Ponomarev
  • Sergei Shutov
  • Haim Sokol
  • Vladimir Tarasov
  • Rostan Tavasiev
  • Leonid Tishkov
Democracy, 2008 (sketch)
Mixed media installation, crude oil, neon
500 x 600 cm 
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Democracy, 2008 (sketch)
Mixed media installation, crude oil, neon
500 x 600 cm
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Andrei Molodkin

About works

There are some things that have no meaning except in the space of art – whether that space be personal or inter-subjective, real or invented. But there are also those which manage to “straddle the fence” and are adequately readable both in the space of aesthetics and in other spaces that lie outside it. I am referring to interactive works that arise on the border between heterogeneous contexts – for instance between art and politics, art and convertible currency, art and natural resources. Like other three-dimensional objects, they are partly filled with oil. Oil is delivered to them through pipelines attached to containers, as in the oil processing industry. Essentially, this is the oil processing industry, the only difference being that oil is transformed not into fuel but into an artwork which – in accordance with the author’s concept – must be perceived not as a finished product, but as yet another energy resource. While this product is suitable for sale or exhibition in a museum, it also plays a role of mediating between phenomena that are not directly related to aesthetics.

“democracy” turns out to be useful only for filling with oil, like an empty canister. Democracy is a word. It used to be a utopian word, now it’s a souvenir.

“democracy” that manages to seep through every hole and every crack in the guise of art. It looks like a work of art, but in fact it’s a utopian construct passed off as reality.

Victor Tupitsyn, excerpt from a conversation with Andrei Molodkin and Margarita Tupitsyn

Bio

Andrei Molodkin
1966 born in Boui, in the north of Russia
1992 graduated from The Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts, Architecture and Interior Design Department
Lives and works in Paris, Moscow and New York.

Selected personal exhibitions:
2008 Liquid Black After Liquid Sky. Pack Gallery, Milan, Italy
Touchy art ( Tachi's art). Nina Lumer Gallery, Milan, Italy
Guts à la Russe. Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France
2007 Sweet Crude American Dream. Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York, USA
Direct From The Pipe. Anne + Art Projects, Ivry-Sur-Seine, Paris, France
G8. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Empire at War. Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York, USA
Cold War II. Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France
Sweet Crude Eternity. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2005 Sweet Crude Eternity. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Notre Patrimoine. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2003 Love Copyright. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA; Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France
2002 Polius. Orel Art Gallery, Chapelle Saint Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France
2001 Novonovosibirsk. The Marble Palace, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg,
The Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia
Blue Dream. Freud's Dream Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Selected group exhibitions:

2008 Adventure of the Black Square. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ceci n'est pas Carla. Art Paris, Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France
Decked Out. Burton's Gallery, Burlington, USA
2007 Paper Trails–New Adventure in Drawing. V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
East/West. Orel Art Gallery, Paris, France
Petrodollar. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, DIFC Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, UAE
Bushels, Bundles and Barrels, Superfund Investment Center, New York, USA
2006 Petrodollar, Pierogi Gallery and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Miami, USA
The Kiss. Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Scope art fair, Miami, USA
Modus R. Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA
Madame Butterfly. Priska Pasquer Gallery, Paris Photo, Paris, France
God is Great. M&J Guelman Gallery, Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Life after Death. Orel Art Gallery, Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2005 Black Heart. Orel Art Gallery, Scope art fair, London, England
Liquid Madonna. Orel Art Gallery, FIAC, Paris, France
2004 Trash Resources. Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA
Praying For Oil. Orel Art Gallery, Flash Art, Milan, Italy
2003 Underground City. Labin, Croatia
I Love. Orel Art Gallery, Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia
New Beginning of Contemporary Art of Moscow. Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
2002 Polius. IV International Month of Phtography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2002”, Museum “Moscow House of Photography”, Moscow, Russia
Biesterfeld Art Management. St. Moritz, Switzerland
2001 Novonovosibirsk. State Russian Museum, New Academy, St. Petersburg; The Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia
2000 III International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2000”, Museum “Moscow House of Photography”, Moscow, Russia

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