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Concrete Jungle from Russia to Bushwick

Posted on July 3, 2012

Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko are the Russian collective known as Concrete Jungle. The duo call Vladivostok their home and are visiting NYC with five other artists as part of CEC ArtsLink’s Global Art Lab program. Designed to support an international exchange of ideas and perspectives, the program involves communities and individuals in Central Asia and Russia. Susan Katz, the St. Petersburg based program director, invited BSA to meet with the visiting artists for an informal chat about Street Art in the US and the current New York scene.

Concrete Jungle. The initial sketch for the mural. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle employs methods and techniques seen in Street Art, public art, and commercial art and the two have collected a number of interior and exterior walls over the last few years with the same can-do D.I.Y. attitude that we see on the street today – with a detailed clean graphic finish. Feliks attended art school for five years and recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. A 2007 graduate of the Vladivostok Art School with a specialization in teaching painting, Vadim is currently a student at the Far East Federal University in the Department of Graphic Design.

Feliks and Vadim, with the help of Brooklyn based Street Artist Specter, secured a wall in Bushwick as part of the Bushwick Five Points murals. BSA caught up with the artists as they were still at work on their wall. Here are some process shots of the 77% completed project as the two guys employ an acutely understated palette, crisply illustrated lines and natural curvilinear forms.

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Concrete Jungle. That’s all for the day…going to the beach. More to come… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Visit Concrete Jungle site here: http://www.cjungle.com/main/

To learn more about CEC ArtsLink’s Global Art Lab program click here: http://www.cecartslink.org/

 

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