Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov takes scenes and figures lifted from classical paintings and drops them into modern-day life. Bouguereau’s Song of the Angels, appears to take place on an empty subway car, while a pair of men from Holbein’s famous The Ambassadors are transported to the table of a seedy bar. Who is missing? Mona Lisa next to the trash containers… The project is titled 2 Reality.
[Paintings by Alexey Kondakov source: artist’s portfolio]Alexey Kondakov not only imagined what these celestial figures would look like on the bus, but realised his imaginings through Photoshop to share with all of us. For his series The Daily Life Of Gods, he’s taken figures from classical art and popped them in car parks, on public transport, and in decrepit back yards. They somehow look like they belong there, their forlorn expressions and sad demeanours matching the tatty seats of the bus or the pissy stone floors of the subway. It’s very silly, but very fun, even if Alexey would have us believe it’s got a more serious undertone. — Itsnicethat.com
“I thought, ‘What if I invite these [gods] into our reality and imagine they are on streets of modern Kiev?’”, he says. “… My project is about life.”