What happens when the divine and the everyday collide? Alexey Kondakov offers one possible answer by using photoshop to place angels, gods and cherubs on modern-day public transport in his collection The Daily Life of Gods. Transported from classic paintings, the figures now inhabit busses, subway stations and late-night cafés, their traditional poses at once bizarre and familiar. Indeed, many of the images look unexpectedly natural – an angel busking with a harp, a group of mostly-naked revelers seated on the bus, a young cherub waiting for her stop – and provide a powerful narrative, transforming divine creatures into familiar figures eating, drinking and travelling with the rest of us.
Kondakov, who is based in the Ukraine, describes his project as being ‘about life’, rather than a social commentary. Capturing both our everyday lives and a rarely-seen side to the classical figures featured in the images, Kondakov has created art that is new, fun and more than a little thought provoking. [h/t itsnicethat.com]