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"False-Faced Art"
Stas Dobry (www.stasdobry.ru), Moscow, August, 2010.

About the author.

The first works by Stas were simple images depicting people. He used traditional graphic means and street art techniques. Soon Stas Dobry turned to problem issues and tried to formulate his own position.

Stas uses strokes and lines as a main pictorial means (technique) that is why his works inevitably present a contrast with the city environment. Simultaneously this effect (singling the artwork out of the environment) combines it with the surface it is painted on to the maximum extent. This style is the marker of the author’s individuality. Considering the fragility and evanescence of street art works, such phrases look neither aggressive nor obtrusive. They just need to be preserved and stay on the walls of the city’s buildings as long as possible.
Since the practice nowadays is to immediately paint over such graffiti works appearing in the city’s streets, street artists try to preserve them by experimenting further and trying to negotiate with the city’s Municipal Services. While thinking this over, Stas Dobruy is experimenting with various forms and by doing this he promotes a discussion inside the street art community.

This is a good example of the way the new generation of street artists sees the further prospects of street art and tries to choose topics for discussion by thinking them over independently as well as arguing over them in the community.

Text by Igor Ponosov.

About the work.

The work by Stas Dobry is entitled False-Faced Art. This is how Stas sees creative work and development of a street artist. The author concentrates on his graffiti instrument, that is, aerosol can spray paint. He signifies the role of this instrument in the subculture. Besides, he denotes the roles of the companies producing it and informs of the fact that those main elements of the culture of consumption, which had dominated the subculture, lost their influence.

The work by Stas Dobry is a symbol of street artist’s freedom of self-expression being limited and suppressed by the stereotypes and rules of play he has to follow. Normally these stereotypes are forced upon artists by corporations in graffiti industry.

This situation reminds us of the early days of graffiti when Subway Art was developing rapidly and speed was the most important factor when working on a new graffiti. In this respect, aerosol spray paint became the most popular medium. Every artist uses this instrument. There is even a cult of using can spray paint in graffiti culture. Many graffiti artists used this medium in the early days of their career. Later it even became a fetish. No doubt this was a limiting factor. Later on, graffiti artists began using other instruments but anyway this subject is extremely significant for the development of an artist. Aerosol spray paint sets street artists free.

Text by Igor Ponosov.