Cave of the Urals
Oil and acrylic on canvas on plastic tubing frame

An exhibition which took place at the Peckham Pelican. 

I painted a cave situated near my homeland in the Ural Mountains. I left the middle part of the cave blank and painted it bright green (greenscreen green). The painting was stretched over a makeshift frame like a movie set backdrop. I then asked the audience what they would like to see inside the cave. Using basic keying skills I was able to add an image similar to their description.

After having spent over two years on various film sets as an extra, I observed the tools filmmakers used to create fictional reality. Green screens, polystyrene sets and rocks, props, painted MDF marble flooring, endless scaffolding, green/blue screens, costumes, make-up, platforms/dollys to capture motion, cranes, CGI, 3D cyberscanners (there are virtual cyber Vlada’s which will be planted into Avengers Age of Ultron and Now You See Me 2 somewhere), the list goes on. All this to create a believable yet fake reality!

In this exhibition, I attempted to create a smaller version of fictional reality which will require live audience participation. By doing this, the participants in becoming artworks themselves; by virtue of having participated.

This idea came from a quote by Elizabeth Neilson from her essay 'People Still Need Love Songs' (contribution to Andy Holden's M!MS book).

"People perform more than ever, their actions dictated by the very real possibility of being caught on camera"