Irina Danilova

Past Events

Irina Danilova Vilcek Dropdown Arrows

City Drawings (2009 - )

City Drawings is a 2009 addition to the ongoing Project 59, begun in 1995. The ultimate goal of this new-media project, which uses cities as canvases, is to make drawings in 59 cities around the globe (“first come, first served”), using cars, mobile phones, and open-source tracking systems. It is an alternative way of revealing the structures of the cities, their physical and wireless connectivity. It is also about the tracks we leave and the routes we take, and about the possibilities and limitations of making drawings in the urban realm, incorporating new media.

The first City Drawing in the United States was made in New York followed by cities coast to coast, from Boston and Miami to Los Angeles, with Houston, Cleveland, Chicago, and several others in between.

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Constellations (2011 - )

Constellations is a series of projects/interventions reflecting the phenomenal events and changes in our culture and society. Sky constellations are the symbols of the heroes of ancient times, mythological characters known for their outstanding deeds. The project creates a new mythology: the interaction of personal and corporative history. It depicts outstanding situations and records them during interactions, both personal and on the Internet, using locative media technology. 


National and Geographic (2000)

I grew up in the USSR, a self-centered country, which promulgated itself as the best country in the world. In moving to the United States, I found myself in another country that did the same thing. Soon after arriving here, I created several projects that reflected my adaptations to my new environment and migration experiences. One of them, the National and Geographic project—an American flag containing 59 stars, to represent my belief that America’s destiny includes 59 states and 59 presidents—was influenced by the historical expansion of the country (Alaska and Hawaii, were both incorporated in 1959) and its international stature and reputation. The presidential aspect of the project was the consequence of my first experience with a presidential campaign, in 1996.


Artist Statement 

About Irina Danilova

  • Art Collections

    Explore the impact of immigrant artists on American Modernism. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, these artists often made their new home the subject of their work, creating celebrated images of the American landscape, from New York to New Mexico.