For citizens, Kirill Kto put together a set of symbols to replace the traditional, already familiar tags of graffiti artists. In place of his name, he draws a sign or a figurative structure, which has gradually become the equivalent of his signature. His 'self-climbing ladder' pops up in the most unpredictable places: in small boarded up courtyards on the outskirts and on the streets in the heart of Moscow, and the alert gaze is drawn to the familiar lines that point at the presence of the (anonymous for many) artist. The signature, too, elicits recognition that emerges as a physical intrusion into the tangibility of the urban environment – we are talking, naturally, about the almond-shaped cuts on building wraps and mesh that cover the city's facades. These eye-cutouts penetrate into the texture of the city's body concealed beneath its demure covers, recalling Lucio Fontana's experiments in their production mechanics. The multifunctional problem of the quasi-signature involves, among other things, critique of contemporary metropolitan urbanism, aesthetic commentary on the street artists' practice, and the issue of expanding the display boundaries of traditional artwork.
While for the city the artist suggests serialisation of a uniform technique that permeates every area, every district, nook and cranny, the galleries receive works that could be easily displayed outside – aphoristic and absurdist, verse patterns against the bright coloured backdrop. Communication with the viewer is instantly privatised, keeping the potency of a rally petition. What could be a version of a direct visual appeal to thousands of metropolitan residents tones down the artist's voice but seems to serve as a matrix for future interventions. At the same time, the flexible shape whose features point at its compatibility with museum walls embarks on an endless journey through the geographical expanses of overpopulated Moscow. And it appears that, instead of composing missives and proliferating visuals, Kirill Kto consistently tests the very premises of art's active existence.