Urbanism: City In My Head

A group show called 'Urbanism: City In My Head' was held in Museum of Moscow in May-June 2014. It was the first museum exhibition in Russia to showcase works by the Russian artists with a strong graffiti background. I was honored to be a part of the line-up that included some of the best local artists: Aber, Alex Kuznetsov, Morik, Petro, Slak, and Zmogk, as well as a special guest from Holland, Niels Shoe Meulman.

In my series 'Concrete Jungle' made for this exhibition I tried to show my interpretation of the exhibition name 'Urbanism: The City In My Head'. In my semiabstract artworks you can make out human silhouettes integrated into the city architecture. Bright colors and abundance of geometric elements have their roots in my childhood love for Lego. At the same time, the graphic shapes and minimalistic characters are reminiscent of Constructivism and De Stijl movement of the early 20th century that have always inspired my.

My characters are shown immersed in their own thoughts, and, no matter how attractive the city environment can be, they realize that their lives, oversaturated with visual information, move at crazy pace. That's why many people forget about their real goals and start chasing mirages. However, the truth is that only by stopping you can find yourself, rethink, and revalue your life in concrete jungle. The mosaics were painted with spray paint, which was a tribute to my graffiti past.