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                                       Artist statement

We perceive contemporary reality as a moveable, flexible space in which the past, present and future simultaneously exist and mix. We are interested in a process, which excites us with its unpredictability, in which a person simultaneously takes the role of the creator and the laboratory mouse. Creativity becomes a game in which each next step brings us closer to the limits of conventional everyday life.

We lived in one of the residential districts of Moscow, among the lifeless scenery of paneled high-rise buildings, where you can quite acutely feel as if you're located in a vacuum. The surrounding emptiness was the catalyst for creating our own mythology of the place that filled its dead shell and turned that gray everyday life into an incredible, mysterious and exciting adventure. This discovery was the starting point that influenced not only our perception of a particular place, but also the whole feeling of the world, which turned into a huge artificial forest, a new home for the "digital native".

We are interested in the extent to which the technological world invades the inner world of man. What changes are happening, what we are sacrificing, and what we get in exchange. By plunging into our half-real, half-fictional space, we help its inhabitants materialise and find their place here. At some point we ourselves become them and are given a clue for the next step.

 

Bio

CrocodilePOWER is a group founded in 2011 by two Russian artists: PeterGoloshchapov (born in 1982) and OksanaSimatova (born in 1979). Both are graduates of  Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry (graduated in 2005 and 2008 respectively). In 2012, they completed an internship at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Working in a group has become a new creative experience for both. They turned to the theme of studying today’s world and the place of man in it. CrocodilePOWER create mythologies somewhere between fantasy and reality, between technology and nature. They realize them in projects that unite different art objects: painting, sculpture, and installations. CrocodilePOWER painting depict landscapes of dystopia, and in sculpture, their characters are created from fiberglass, porcelain, wood, moss, bark, iron, and other materials. In their projects, the artists try to achieve the sense of “augmented reality”, where fictional is so organically built into a reality we know, that its existence seems possible (either in the past, present and future). Participants of the International Biennale of Vallauris (2014) and the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014, 2016). In 2015, a solo exhibition of the group was held at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Their works are part of numerous private collections in Russia and abroad.

Selected exhibitions:

Solo shows

 2017    - TGHNN CrocodilePOWER/Sandor Szasz Triumph gallery, Moscow

             - Life in the lonely wood. Mobius gallery, Bucharest, Romania

             - Insomnia. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia

2016    - The borders of memory. Budapest Art Factory. Budapest, Hungary

2015    - Out of range. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia

2014    - Russian space. Triumph gallery. Moscow, Russia

2013   - Inner taiga. Triumph gallery. Moscow, Russia

 Group shows

2018

- Homo Deus, Vacation gallery, New York, USA

- CAPITAL@ART.INTERNATIONAL, O S T > S T E R N, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

-The 6th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Parallel program. Paradoxical hybrids, Electromuseum, Moscow

-ATTRACTION: Manege — Triumph gallery. Other shores, ManegeCentral Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg

2017          

-Finite resource. 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Parallel program. Special project. Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts, Tonnel gallery, Moscow

 -WANT / The Cost of DesireMobius Art Week, The Hub, Bucharest

 -Hooray! Sculpture! Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg

2016             

-The 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Parallel program. Only  unofficial language. Winzavod contemporary art centre. Moscow, Russia

-The 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Parallel program. Special project. Nominibus trivialibus, synonimis selectis. The Apothecaries Garden, the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University. Moscow, Russia

-The 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Special project. 19/92 At first. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia

-The 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Parallel program. Symbol. Moscow metallurgical plant A sickle and a hammer. Moscow, Russia

 -Always contemporary. The art of XX–XXI. Rosizo gallery. Moscow, Russia 

2015

-Hooray! Sculpture! Winzavod contemporary art centre, Moscow

 2014

-The 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Parallel program. Moscow. Barocco.Triumph gallery. Moscow, Russia

 -The 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. Special project. Before & After. Tunnel gallery. Moscow, Russia
 - XXIIIÈME BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE VALLAURIS.  Vallauris, France

2013

-The other side of things. Elektrozavod gallery. Moscow, Russia

 -The Study of Researches. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia

 2011

-Luck is an attitude. Martini Art Club. Pobeda gallery. Moscow, Russia
Martini Art Weekend.
Red October. Moscow, Russia

 2010-2011

-Operation Smile. Charity Auction of Russian Art by Christie’s. Moscow, Russia

 2008

-Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Qui vive? Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia

Award:

-2012 Henkel Art Award , winner of a national round

Art fairs:

2018
-Russian Art & Antique Fair Moscow, Russia
2017
-CONTEXT Art Miami Miami,USA
-Cosmoscow art fair Moscow, Russia
2014
-Vienna art fair Vienna, Austria
2013
- Art Moscow  Moscow, Russia

Publications:

-Two Sides of The Same Coin? — New Year Reflections Inspired by Tapping into the World of Visionary Artists. TransAtlantic Panorama, By Kati Szeker, 2018

 -Kult magazine. Issue #21 Dreams 2017

 -Esti sigur cä esti treaz? Scena 9. Andra Matzal. 2017

 -Meet the Russian art duo creating superheroes themed ceramics for local museums. Museeum.com. By Alexandra Filippenko, 2016

 Catalogs:

 -Inner Taiga 2013

 -Moscow.Barocco. 2014 ISBN 978-5-906550-27-9

 -XXIIIe Biennale internationale creation contemporaine et ceramique Vallauris 2014 ISBN 978-2-35906-119-2

 -Russian space 2014

 -Out of range 2015 ISBN 978-5-906550-54-5

 -DI(MMOMA) Reloading N1/2 2016

 -Unofficial language 2016 ISBN 978-5-906550-59-0

 -Symbol 2016 ISBN 978-5-906550-70-5

 -Always contemporary. Art XX-XXI 2016

 -...hurrah! Sculpture! 2016 ISBN 978-5-9907878-0-3

 -This game has no name 2017 ISBN 978-5-906550-89-7