Russian artist Nomerz transforms elements of the urban landscape into something out of the ordinary. He has a keen eye for the artistic potential that architectural structures or objects may offer, if it means it can be turned into a signature work of art.
The creative mind of Nomerz, along with his vision for the urban environments is a testament to his skill. Whether he uses a brick wall, useless barrels left in a field, or abandoned towers and water tanks, he is bound to manifest a curious outcome. Utilising the distinct man-made structures present, Nomerz creates some kind of human-esque form. His titillating manifestations find refuge in the most unassuming places, such is the beauty of embracing the world as your canvas.
The Living Wall series is a journey of Nomerz’s eccentric characters, projected from his imagination into the living space around us as unexpected portraits of excitement, hapiness or serious contemplation. Utilizing specific elements from each prospective structure or space; lit windows for eyes, broken bricks for teeth, architectural shapes and design all meld into an apparition of facial forms and expressions. Nomerz produces these peculiar, intrinsically creepy expressions imprinted on a myriad of manufactured structures where these facades can become resident phantoms of the community.
I tried to find out more about the gifted and stealthy urban wall explorer Nikita Nomerz, but all of my findings came up in Russian. I had to decipher more about him and his extraordinary exploits through his visual repertoire and his distinct fascination with faces in the most bizarre contexts. Nomerz fashions the world with his very own unique imagination, and the characters that play a part in his artistic jaunts.
We can all appreciate finding that familiar facial composition in obscure parts of our daily existence; two windows for eyes, door for a nose and doormat for a mouth might seem simple, but it takes artists like Nomerz who can draw our attention and enhance this experience, to really focus our attention on the potential for human familiarity that is all around us.
Words: Emma Forster