Cellograffiti: Street Art Moves from Cities into the Woods on Plastic Wrap


Street art leaves the city and goes out into the woods in
search of a new context without defacing nature thanks to a few
massive rolls of clear engineering film. With Moscow-based
artist Evgeny
Ches’s
‘cellograffiti,’ animals and text loom large between
the trunks of trees in temporary installations with a ghostly
effect. The residents of the forest often take center stage,
including squirrels, polar bears and chimpanzees.



Ches finds it a natural transition (no pun intended) since he
likes to integrate the surroundings into each of his works,
letting the surface of whatever he’s painting show through
instead of painting a background. He notes that using plastic
wrap is also a great way for budding graffiti artists to
practice.



“Some years ago I saw some guys, who painting on transparent
film fixing between, as I can remember, two columns,” says
Ches. “The idea to paint on film belongs to French artist Kanos
and some time later he and his friend Astro developed cello
graffiti. I find this technology interesting and I decided to
borrow this idea and use it in my painting. This contrast seems
very interesting to me when street art moves to natural
environment, and this contrast and harmony at the same time are
combined in photo in very unusual way.”


In the video, Chex explains that the first time he tried the
technique, he didn’t realize there was a special kind of
plastic wrap he could get that offered a large surface, and
used about ten rolls of food film instead. Engineering film is
better because it’s dense and remains transparent, allowing the
viewer to see the landscape behind the paint.

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