The works from the Homeless Shakedown series bear an exceptional selfreflexive tone. Using the most basic material for his works, paper and cardboard (often carefully assorted pieces of used folders, cardboard boxes or notebooks), Budny explores the purely physical (warmth, color, softness) and metaphorical (communication mediums, a record of the passing of time) aspects of the material. Sculpturally precise, the series introduces a social context, which is something new for the artist – cardboard is a material that provides warmth and shelter in a very literal sense. The common statement that most of Budny’s works are characterized by particulary delicate material, gains additional meaning in light of those works. The fundamental feature of the Homeless Shakedowns is the fact that they are neither replicas nor real shakedowns, nor their fragments found on the streets, instead they are a uniform sculptural composition created by the artist – with a specific sense of form – from beginning to end.