Always under construction..
This series was born as an outlet of recording the ridiculousness of Montreal construction. It is a celebration of Montreal’s “festival of orange”!
“Olya Krasavina’s wry illustrations bring the viewer into the joke, uttering a sarcastic “Thank you!” to the ubiquitous orange warnings that litter the modern human landscape. In the airy, immediate style of illustration and cartooning, she summons the memories of frustration and irritation to the front of the audience’s mind, and disarms it as quickly with a laugh of sympathy, empathy, and resignation. “ -Studio Beluga
It was exhibited at Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile in the summer of 2016, just when the whole neighbourhood was drowning in the construction cones.
Here are some original sketches of downtown before high rise towers took over around 2015.
Then the sketches turned into paintings, and paintings into prints.
Follow this link to read the story of an orange cone.
In 2017, Orange cone participated in a Montreal Science Center Foundation Fundraising dinner and was acquired by the foundation! I had a hard time saying bye, but he is in much better place now than my living room!