White series – it’s a simple and almost abstract drawing around the city. I try interacting with the place, playing with the surface, and making new senses and accents. The not-street-art street art project, it’s not apparent – to recognize the art in these white forms.
It looks like a work of city services – like traces of removed graffiti. That was one of my goals – to make my works look like a “buff” and, through that, save them. But on the other hand, all these white figures have smooth and proper sharps.
One of the reasons I started this series was an inner fight with fear, fear of a giant city called Moscow, with thousands of police officers and janitors. It’s hard to come back to the street after a long break. And I’ve never painted on Moscow’s streets so often as now. You gradually approach this feeling of “your city”, start thinking bravely, and feel more freedom.
The shapes of my painting depend on what I’ve found – a certain surface and what is already there, on the wall. Before I can start painting outside, I should do some preparations inside – make a few mock-ups in Photoshop, 4-5 variants for each wall. I have to consider the shape of the wall, her texture, and the buff-patch’s, of course. If there is a white patch – I need to fit my work into it, and use it carefully and cleverly. Then I prepared a sketch and came. This method creates a lot of problems for me – everything changes pretty fast in Moscow, and I couldn’t find the same buffs on the wall the next day.
So I confused the viewers – is it buff or art? And how did it and for what?