Richard Taittinger Gallery is pleased to present Heaven Carrier, an exhibition of new work by Russian artist collective, Recycle Group. Comprised of Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov, Recycle Group works with repurposed electrical equipment and industrial material to express concern for humanity’s increasing dependence on digital technologies such as social media. The presentation marks their first solo exhibition in the United States.
The exhibition title, Heaven Carrier, invites multi-faceted comparison between religion and the wireless networks of today. If “heaven” is a transcendent utopia promised by many faiths, and “carrier” is a corporation that provides essential data services, it asks what differences remain between them. If both powers hold an omnipotent presence and dictate from above, which holds greater control over the daily life of the individual in the current age?
Simultaneously somber and satirical, their works comment on the existential crisis of our overreliance on virtual worlds and online interconnectivity as a means of survival. In using methods of depiction historically reserved
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for Western religious icons and monarchs, Recycle Group portrays how social media has replaced these older orders of power in affirming existence, identity, and cultural belonging for the masses. Whether this observation should be perceived as an ailment or advantage is ultimately left for the viewer to decide.