The sublime strokes of Magomed Dovjenko
Magomed Dovjenko is looking for representation. It says so on his site, where one may also find a fair sampling of his gritty, industrial, and marvellously fluid illustrations. Spanning from graffitied back alleys to branded billboards and outwards into liquid shards and vaporous alchemy, this young Cologne-based artist incorporates diverse urban perspectives with scintillating effect.
While his rapsheet includes big names such as Adidas, Reebok, Ecko, and Johnson & Johnson (of whom I’ve previously made my opinion clear), Dovjenko’s art grounds itself in an authentic expression. His illustrations facilitate a sort of dialogue between the different momentums swelling and crashing against each other.
Sure, some of them are designed to sell sneakers. But the subjects’ captivation with and sublimation into their surroundings, like the artist’s painting himself into the mosaic, precludes any corporate affiliation. More valid than the brands, what Dovjenko is representing here is the very process by which cultures, rooted in concrete, animate and walk those same back alleys with a vibrant, fluid stride.