The off-season is coming after a long winter. Spring is in no hurry to take the reigns in his hands. I am going in the morning in Kiev and feel that I’m a heroine of black and white movies. In fact, after the elections the street landscape became colourless.
Suddenly I stop – right in front of me on the wall there is a bright colour pattern, which is hard to go past without noticing it. The most common wall of the house in which a control administration of heat distribution systems № 4 seats in Obolon district.
Writings on the wall – “I was sitting on the roof, saw there – the sky was nowhere closer than here” and another “This picture was created with God’s help and love to spectators and memory to Yurii Khimich – a painter who had depicted Kyiv… ”
Passers-by look sideways at me – they have become accustomed to the presence of tour groups at the monumental painting on the wall.
I ask where I can find an artist, and now I’m in the studio of the artist Michael Khimich – the author’s of a creative know-how. Gently taking from a painted from head to toe one-year-old daughter paint and a brush, Michael starts a conversation.
– I’ve lived here just over a year – says Michael – and the utility company having learnt about my profession, immediately took me for unobtrusive attack: asked to do something for them.
Eventually they interested me greatly. To make compositions on the wall I began in autumn. During the day I was working on orders – painted facades, decorated interiors, and in the evening I took a ladder, paint and was doing a wall.
– And how did the locals respond?
– Very positive response!
Around Kiev it is impossible to take a step, not to encounter an adolescent’s art, fascinated by graffiti – it is the type, meaning that not everyone will understand. And on the wall – the picture is of quite recognizable places in the city, known to Michael since birth.
He is able to draw from memory, without laid in sketches. In the picture there are he and his wife and daughter, placed in the foreground – he has a right, no one in Kiev has done it before.
This work is in the style of monumental painting – the first of three that are scheduled by Michael in his backyard. In his plans the decoration of an end wall of the neighbouring apartment building.
When all three paintings are ready, they must be combined with one track: something to finish, perhaps to plant trees, or even put a statue…
The artist was inspired by the American park, in which among ordinary trees, one sculptor set a tree of stainless steel.
A relevance was obtained completed and very impressively. In an area where Michael Khimich lives, a switchboard was attached to a boiler on top of paint. Now the artist wants to paint the shield and set near it the statue of a plumber or a janitor.
It should turn out great. In the meantime, residents of nearby homes can enjoy the facade of the boiler room building, located in the courtyard of house number 13 on the street Tymoshenko. It combines the Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael, Lavra, Motherland, Metro Bridge and Foot, Arch of Friendship of Peoples.
All this is complemented by fabulous characters and religious mini-plots. A very amazing composition.
Michael Khimich, author of a 20-foot panorama, is the son of the famous Kyiv architect and graphist George Khimich, who lived in the same area. This is just a five minute walk from the metro station Minskaya.
HOW IT ALL STARTED?
It all started with the fact that last summer, the chief Olga Bezverkhy appealed for help to KHIMICH to improve the design of the courtyard house. And 20-foot panorama of Kiev appeared on the wall by several months of work the artist in his spare evenings.
During work, the neighbours passed by, were interested in it and even asked to include them in the track. The Artist willing to execute their requests – after all except the well-known places of historic Kiev, the place of honour is the house number 13a and its inhabitants – a couple walking on a panel with a sidecar, the grandfather with a dog, a standing woman and a child, a man, leaning on a bicycle.
They are organically combined with iconographic themes and characters from fairy tales, hovering at the top of the Archangel Michael, and under the stone arches of the foot bridge mermaids are splashing.
To the office of Kyivenergo was paid tribute (after all, the boiler belongs to it): white van with the name of the organization at the forefront. Residents are very happy with this original design on the wall.
One of the tenants, Ivan Lypcha, acknowledged that he was very impressed by the style of the artist. With great pleasure he would be admiring the completely painted house.
And there are reasons for this. Since Michael Khimich is going to continue the project, with the coming of spring, the yard will have new pictures of even larger sizes.
The panel was devoted to the memory of the artist’s father Yuri Khimich, who was an honoured worker of arts, an outstanding Ukrainian architect and artist.
1. Paintings, and the labels, applied by paint, or scratched on the walls. They may be in the nature of magic spells, secret symbols of religious sects or purely domestic.
It often served as a kind of correspondence, exchange of information. Modern graffiti has an extensive range – from the opposition unauthorized slogans to obscene graffiti.
2. One of the trends in the genre of avant-garde, formed in the 70’s of last century, from amateur youth street murals.
Usually, these flashy bright colors drawings were made by spray.
To contribute to the aesthetics of the genre and introduce it into the professional mainstream, more recently, for graffiti specific urban areas are allocate.
Graffiti feels good in the monumental and easel painting. One of its outstanding representatives is an American artist K. Herring.
In fact graffiti is a part of youth subculture and youth non-formal stream. Its main feature is a collective work on drawing pictures on the walls.
This may be an aerosol art (the use of cartridges), stickers (stickers), banner painting, stencils and templates, pictures taken with a bullet or a brush, and even scratching.
Graffiti is closely related to break dance, as the two subcultures are outdoors. Every wall in the city belongs to a group which regularly goes fight for the right to draw on them.
Graffiti makers often dress in the style of RnB, and love to listen to rap. Officially, their clothing is G-Unit Clothes or Zoo York & Ecko Unltd.
For the development of the art of graffiti, a simple inscription was served as a push, called “tags” by which “difficult” young people were trying to “perpetuate” themselves in history.
These youths, most often illiterately wrote their nicknames, and thus immensely enjoyed their pearls. From the beginning, a tool for printing was a marker, and then spray cans and paints were used.
In the late 1960’s 10-year-old boys were addicted to murals. If we take into account that the tags are usually primitive and absolute, then the art of graffiti is quite a complex network of colored and very creative penmanship, and at the same time, the rhythmic chaos.
Originally taggers competed by wisdom and quantity of their autographs. But as the number of taggers, and tags including, grew, they had to find a new style, not to merge with the crowd. Then more talented taggers began to show more artistry.
Beginning of the modern murals is 70th of the last century. A place where this phenomenon came out became New York City. Confirmed by numerous data, a writer on the wall nicknamed “TAKI 183” noted for the first time.
Teenager Demetrivs first depicted on the walls of subway stations in Manhattan, his pseudonym TAKI, and 183 is the number of his streets. With this he set an example for the rest of the youth, who also wanted to stand out from the crowd and get their recognition of their kind.
Soon the pictures started to appear, but mostly people were not interested in them, but in the process of drawing in the most inappropriate places.
The fashion to take nicknames and keep autographs on the walls of exotic fonts has come out. The name of the person who first created the full picture on the wall, history has not retained, but his initiative was picked up not only in New York, but throughout the world.
The first pictures were of pretty poor quality with low color. Over time, graffiti has become a part of hip-hop culture and has become an ideal form. The battlefield of the New York subway was the beginning of the war of styles.
Graffiti won the space inside the vans and gave birth to the radical styles of more difficult doodles. Genuine masterpieces have emerged with the discovery of thick fat caps.
The next revolution in the style made Pistole, the master of Brooklyn, drew a 3D red and white design with blue trim. These three-dimensional pieces were appreciated in New York, but no one decided to repeat this feat.
Eventually, everyone learnt to do with its inscription, the new touches such as Wild Style. Tags were made big and bold. Great importance was given to the color, symbols, and animations.
Three-dimensional characters with mixed colors began to look boldly – we observe smooth transitions from light to dark. It seems that they resemble the doodles, but due to sophisticated technology, their creators became known writers, not the taggers.
From fast raids artists began to move to the measured drawings and filigree techniques. Legitimate walls began to appear. And graffiti, born on the street, thanks to the commercialization moved to the gallery.
With increasing complexity of the drawings and the application of technology, many artists have come together in a loose group (crew). Graffiti has become more sophisticated art forms. And in early 1980 an explosion of the hip-hop rocked.
Aerosol art, along with break dancing and rap has become a distinctive cultural phenomenon. New York became the father of an international multi-national movement. Graffiti has become an indispensable companion of rappers in their videos. By the mid-80’s boom comes down almost to nothing. Adherents of the style are not enough.
In the 90’s world receives a second wave of popularization of graffiti. Since everything in life evolves in a spiral, then a new generation of graffiti makers comes to the streets and everything starts again, but with a higher level of quality.
Graffiti has long ceased to be the only way of expressions of teenagers, this whole line of street art that can transform a black and white picture of our winter cities.
Thoughts on the wall you can capture with one of the three basic styles:
Wild style – everything is very nice, but it is difficult to understand something of the writing. The meaning of words and whole phrases absolutely do not matter, it would be nice. Of all styles is one of the most difficult, but very popular among professionals.
Buble letters – simply, but tastefully. Very good for beginners and makes a good impression.
Fx style (daim style) – one of the most difficult while writing and drawing.
Those who are willing to learn wall painting are waited by a street with its grey stoned easel.
If you wish to assess the graffiti as art, welcome to the Obolon. There you will discover the unique of its kind, graffiti, whose author painted main attractions of our beloved city on the wall of a skyscraper.
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