From June, 11th to July, 11th the M&J Guelman gallery on Winzavod presents the exhibition of one of the most interesting for me artists of Moscow contemporary art scene. It's Recycle group - Andrey Blokhin and Egor Kuznetsov.
In its new project, the group doesn't really try to translate the "hieroglyphics" of classical art, but, rather, to find new uses for them – i.e. recycle them, having looked at them from another side, from that very reverse side which points the classics in the direction of the present rather than the past. The materials are plastic nets, thermal moldings, garbige can and even plastic skewers (for light boxes).
Thus, they see in a sarcophagus a trash can, which immortalizes the paper battles of an office warrior; in The Last Supper, a tense business meeting; and propose that the feats of modern-day "defenders of the faith" – comic book superheroes – are an ideal subject for stained glass windows. Though it would seem that Recycle takes as its point of departure not so much contemporary subject matter as contemporary materials. Plastics are hardly suitable for the "eternal," which is meant to accumulate the passing centuries; their destiny, rather, is to be unchangeable in the same way as canned or frozen food.