Classical Art takes the City: Artworks by Alexey Kondakov.
Living in Kyiv designer Alexey Kondakov creates collages of pictures and photographs of any city, putting the Greek gods, angels and heroes of classical paintings in household, and sometimes in marginal circumstances. He avoids the “postcard” species of the Ukrainian capital, preferring to shoot backgrounds for their work on the streets, in the subways and underpasses.
In an interview with TJ Alex he said that the idea came by accident: he was flipping through graphical blogs and came across the picture of Caesar van Everdingen “Nymphs feed the young Dionysus wine, fruit and flowers.” Then “instantly imagine how would have changed the perception of the story, if they were sitting in the street and we did the same thing.”
On the way home, the designer took a picture of the street on the phone, and the next day came the first collage.