Recycle Group's 'Detected Reality'
by Recycle Group
October 13th-December 23rd, 2016
154 Ludlow Street, NYC
The Richard Taittinger Gallery presents Detected Reality, their second exhibition with Russian artist collective, Recycle Group. The below images of the exhibition, taken by photographer David Phelps, are accompanied by excerpts from the press release.
Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuzenstov, as Recycle Group, have become internationally recognized for their work as pioneers of Cyberpunk art. Their main objective is centered on the intersection between material waste as a byproduct of consumerism, and the perpetual reliance on computer connectivity in contemporary culture.
Recycle Group (Krasnodar, Russia) was formed by Andrey Blokhin (b. 1987), and Georgy Kuznetsov (b. 1985), in 2006. Winners of the 2010 Kandinsky prize, their work has been exhibited globally at such venues as Garage, Moscow (2012, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2012), Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo (2013), Saatchi Gallery, London (2014), and at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Their work is included in major collections such as: Albright Know Gallery, Buffalo; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm; and the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
"It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers. They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some state therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control." -Alan Turing, inventor of artificial intelligence, 1951.
By concentrating their application of recyclable materials to create sculptures, the artists satirize the art historical perspective that sculptors are masters of a higher art form. While they too seek to create shapes that represent a sort of idyllic representation of society, they do so within the framework of a perspective that is not shared by humans, rather it is with machines.
Following this theme, Detected Reality reverses the relationship between users of technology and the computer to address issues of progressive robotization. In an effort to do so, Recycle Group abandoned the traditional white cube space and transformed the gallery into a cylindrical matrix; a lens without weight, volume, dimension, or measurement. The space becomes a vessel for the viewer to be experienced from the machine - rich in outlook and emotion we rarely consider. Spectators will be absurd into the inverted perception of the computer.
Detected Reality is a forecast, seeing human life as one that exists within a simulation of the computer, inhabited by denizens that are ignorant to the fact that they too are just electronic profiles. The exhibition itself surfaces as a near mockery of the suggestion that humans can track their own social independence, rather their actions become the consequences of technology.
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Photos: David Phelps (@dmpphoto) for ODD. New York