Born in 1966 in Boui, Russia. Lives and works in Paris, France and New York, USA.
Symbolic of the new generation of Russian contemporary art, Andrei Molodkin is internationally recognised today from London to Venice, Saint-Petersburg to New York. After having produced huge drawings with just ballpoint, oil became the chosen medium for his unusual work. The last two years transporting oil containers during his military service in the Russian Army do not appear to be unrelated to the very odd choice of this medium. Using empty and full, liquid and solid, transparency and opacity, flux and reflux, Andrei Molodkin displays plexiglass word sculptures linked to a chemo-mechanical process comprised of a multiplicity of flexible pipes which diffuse oil. Partly filled with black gold, the chosen words take a political dimension which is frontal and immediate: Democracy, Cold War, Das Kapital, Oligarchy, Fuck You, Putin-Medvedev. The most coveted raw material in the world becomes the symbol of international alienation toward a sombre, dirty source of energy which spreads its vicious and viscous tentacles across all stratum in our contemporary society: economic, identity, religious, and political. Understood by everyone, these sculptures in the form of denunciatory militant slogans combined with oil, achieve a form of universal language which condemns the cause of all the wrong in the world.