08.09.2016 – 25.09.2016
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Triumph Gallery is proud to present the exhibition Code 404 by Recycle Group (Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov), dedicated to human life in the age of the Internet and the appearance of new gadgets. The title of the exhibition is a reference to one of the most frequent error messages that every Internet user encounters.
In the works by Recycle Group, elements of virtual reality, which have become part and parcel of everyday life, acquire the significance of monuments of our era. The icons for Wi-Fi and for popular applications, rules on using social networks, and other tokens from the world of the Internet and smart phones, which have assumed almost sacred significance for their users, are immortalized by the artists in sculptures and large-scale reliefs.
Combining different media, Recycle Group reinvent the classical heritage and the past as such. Using recycled industrial materials, which bring to mind traditional basalt and marble, the artists emphasize the cyclical nature of history.
A key role in the exhibition will be played by a robot — a specially-designed device to show photographs. The robot’s mechanical arm arbitrarily retrieves pages bearing images of wild natural landscapes (the photographs were taken in Iceland during a recent trip by the artists). If you take a closer look at the folds of the magma, you can discern the outlines of icons of popular applications. They have been transformed into messages addressed to supreme intelligence after the manner of the famous Nazca Lines in Peru. A series of Basalt Rocks and the Luxor Antenna — a sculpture in the form of an Egyptian obelisk dotted with digital hieroglyphs — will also be displayed at the exhibition.