Archive for September, 2009

Vladimir

September 2, 2009

street

First stop in a partial tour of the Golden Ring: a series of provincial towns outside of Moscow

astronaut

bedroom

the room from my Vladimir homestay: complete with family photos and nonfunctioning TV

the town

church

vladimir

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shanty

shanty

street traffic

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Week three: VDNKh, neighborhoods

September 2, 2009

shuttle

VDNKh is the former site of the All-Soviet Exhibition Center, a collection of ornate Stalinist buildings showcasing different countries in the USSR. Now it’s full of carnival rides, and the pavilions still in use house shops and currency exchanges. There are a few random things from the Soviet era up on display here as well, including this shuttle and plane.

plane

decoration from one of the pavilions: More experiments with colored line.

vdnkh

In the third week I moved from a hostel in downtown Moscow to a homestay in a neighborhood outside the main area of the city.

kruschev

Kruschev-era apartment blocks characterize these kinds of neighborhoods.

truck

buildings

and Soviet cars:

soviet car

cars

I made more and more line drawings towards the end of my stay.

apartment

shwarma

trees

bags

Sketches-the first weeks

September 1, 2009

sketches

In the next few days I’ll be posting sketches from the trip, starting with the earliest and working up to the end of my stay. Although I’m not in Russia anymore, I’m still traveling without access to a scanner, so all work is going up as low-quality photos for now. Comments/criticism welcome.

police truck

Marx

Marx statue + early experiments with color and colored line

Intercession

This is the church I mentioned in my first post: The Church of the Resurrection of Christ at Kadashi. The first (according to the guy I talked to) built in the Naryshkin Baroque style. It was closed during the Soviet era and is in the process of being restored. At the moment, it’s threatened by large new developments planned for the area surrounding it.

Chocolate Factory

Krasnaya Oktyabr Chocolate Factory. This building used to be a famous Russian chocolate factory. Now it’s loft apartments and contemporary art galleries.

Kremlin

Regrettably my only drawing of the Kremlin: this is one of several towers that line the outside walls.

Armani

This sums up downtown Moscow: An old castle-like building converted into a Giorgio Armani store.

Abramstevo

Some research notes at the Abramstevo museum of Russian crafts and decorative arts.

Wooden Architecture

More Abramstevo: my first encounter with Russian wooden architecture.