Andrei Molodkin

Giampaolo Abbondio // Andrei Molodkin

Bio

Andrei Molodkin was born in Boui, a town North of Moscow, in 1966. He began his formal education in fine art in the year 1976, when he enrolled in the Special  School of ArtsPlastiques, in the town of his birth, and later went on to study at the College of Art in Krasnoie sur-Volga from 1981-1985. Between the years of 1987 and 1992, he was a member of the faculty of Architecture and Interior Design and Strogonov Academy, in Moscow.
Andrei Molodkin’s work makes equal use of materials vastly different from one another – crude oil, ink and blood – in order to articulate his own dark obsession that determines the narrative setting of the artist’s tale: the economy as a significant entity of the symbolic, economic and cultural construction of the West. The artist’s characteristic language and technique – the use of crude oil and the hydraulic system that keeps it circulating, from compressors to his empty “simulacra” sculptures in acrylic resin – in his latest works often articulate in a series of large-scale canvases created with ballpoint pen that quote slogans or words and the types that form them, fill the whole visual space. The use of simple ballpoint pens was adopted by Molodkin when he served in the Russian Army, where he worked delivering crude oil in Siberia.
The artist has had his works featured in many individual and group exhibitions in Western and Eastern Europe and in the USA. In 2009 he represented Russia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and in 2012 the museum Villa Stuck, Munich, presented a major exhibition with his work in. Furthermore, his works have been covered in publications such as Art Forum, Art Press, Third Text, Kh/Zh, the New York Times, the Village Voice and the Independent.
Andrei Molodkin currently lives and works in Paris and Moscow.

Works

Andrei Molodkin, Liberty on the Red Square II, 2017, blue ballpoint pen on paper, 32x50cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Le rouge et le noir – No.9, 2009, ballpoint pen and ink on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2014, red and black ballpoint pen on paper, 42x59cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, blue ballpoint pen on paper, 48,5x33cm.

Andrei Molodkin, WHO IS AFRAID OF THE DEMOCRATIC DEATH, 2008, blue and red ballpoint pen ink on canvas, 285×205cm.

Andrei Molodkin, FUCK YOU, 2007, acrylic block filled with crude oil, pump compressor and aluminium podium, 155,5×36,5x8cm, ed. 1/3.

Andrei Molodkin, TWIN TOWERS, 2006, acrylic block filled with crude oil, pump compressor and aluminium podium, 2 resin elements, 90,5×17,5x6cm each, ed. 1/3.

Andrei Molodkin, BROKEN CAPITALISM, 2015, corten steel, 2 blocks, 188x144x81cm + 125x75x73cm (2nd block), 300 kg approx.

Andrei Molodkin, FALLEN CAPITALISM, 2015, corten steel, 1000×350 x168cm approx, 300kg approx.

Andrei Molodkin, Liberty on the Red Square III, 2017, blue ballpoint pen on paper, 32x50cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, ballpoint pen on paper, diptych, 29,7x21cm each.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2014, red and black ballpoint pen on paper, series of 8 separate pieces, 59x42cm each.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, green, black and red ballpoint pen on paper, 48,5x33cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Charity, Faith, Hope, 2008, blue and red ballpoint pen on canvas, triptych, 195,5x390cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Cherubin, 2004, acrylic block filled with crude oil, 41x41x15cm, AP.

Andrei Molodkin, YES, 2008, crude oil on canvas, 300×188 cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2008, photograph, 160x125cm, ed. 1/3.

Andrei Molodkin, YES, 2015, corten steel, 600×190×62cm approx, ed. 3/3.

Andrei Molodkin, Mosquee, 2010, blue, white and red ballpoint pen on paper, 32x50cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, ballpoint pen on paper, diptych, 33×48,5cm each.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, green, black and red ballpoint pen on paper, 48,5x33cm.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2011, blue and red ballpoint pen on paper, 33×48,5cm.

Andrei Molodkin, YES WE CAN, 2011, blue and red ballpoint pen on canvas, 285x200cm.

Andrei Molodkin, NINE ELEVEN, 2006, Acrylic block filled with crude oil, pump compressor and wooden podium, 52,5 x 79 x 10 cm, ed. 2/3.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2008, photographs on double plexiglass, composition of 8 separate pieces, 130x100cm each, ed. 1/3 each.

Andrei Molodkin, Untitled, 2008, photograph, 160x125cm, ed. 1/3.