a collective of artists has graphically ‘cut’ an old moskvitch car from its parking place, turning the scene into a striking optical illusion. created for the STENOGRAFFIA street art festival in russia, ‘ctrl+X’ wraps an automobile and adjacent dumpster in the gridded, grey-and-white ‘transparency’ pattern from photoshop. the title refers to the keyboard command used to ‘cut’ a piece of an image away from its background.

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images by anna hristova and dmitry chabanov 

 

 

merging the digital world with the analog, the installation optically turns the 3-dimensional objects into a seemingly flat ‘background later’. the artists first painted the car and nearby infrastructure all-white, then cast a grid of light onto the scene. at night, the creative teamed worked to carefully trace the outline of each square onto the objects, before meticulously painting them in using white and grey pigment. from a particular vantage point, the entire tableau seems perfectly flat, yet is revealed as an anamorphic image as viewers change their perspective. see images of the making-of ‘ctrl+X’ in detail below.

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  • Urban graffiti is the maximum symbol of human decadence and its ruin. It is the synthesis of the depredation of nature by the human being. It has a depressive and demoralizing appearance for the homo sapiens(?). Urban graffiti always takes me into a Mad Max movie scene.

    Sérgio Werneck de Figueiredo says:

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