Culture

Painted Plywood Portraits Push Russian Suprematism into the Future

Artist Dmitri Aske gives a new perspective on Russian culture.

by Masha (Maria) Koblyakova
22 November 2016, 10:10pm

Images courtesy the artist

Flat striking colors of Russian constructivism, bold outlines of 90s computer games, and geometries from Soviet monumental art comprise Dmitri Aske's multilayered plywood artworks. Aske, a.k.a., Sicksystems, is a Moscow-based graphic artist. He began with graffiti background and later moved to typography, digital graphics, illustration, plywood artworks and sculptures. His works give new perspective on to this medium: plywood was a support for painting in the late 19th century, yet in Sicksystems’ projects it becomes an essential part of the organism: it has a few hundred details, and establishes a composition that looks like the mix of colored glass and mosaic.

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Inspired by Suprematism, poster graphics, Soviet illustrations, and Lego, Sicksystems creates series of works about Russian culture and the its projections into the modern era. “For me these both themes are important and are actually interconnected,” Sicksystems explains to The Creators Project. “It's really interesting for me to try to analyse how people live and how their surroundings, culture, and technologies shape their personalities,” he adds.

Every plywood artwork begins with a pencil sketch and a colored vector illustration, making it easily transferrable between mediums: walls, clothing, plywood, etc. As for the plywood artworks, after the image is done, Sicksystems creates a layout and laser cuts hundreds of details. “Today, I'm mainly focused on creating artworks in my own original technique, which looks like a mix of a relief, a mosaic, and a stained glass,” he says.

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Click here to see more works of Sicksystems.

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