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Impossible Objects: The Art of Zhestkov Studio

Maxim Zhestkov produces work with partners and collaborators under the umbrella of Zhestkov Studio. The studio’s artworks often utilize digital techniques to create futuristic impossible objects that defy the physical limitations of a gallery space.

A still from an animated film of a digital bubbleOptics (still)


Much of Zhestkov’s recent work involves 4k animation, with animated objects often laid over images of gallery and museum spaces to help foster a more realistic, tangible presence. I appreciate the sense of tension, here, between the real and the imaged -- between the artistic potential of the future, and the limitations of current technologies and matter. The works are dynamic and fluid, and reference physics in a way similar to works by Amarie Bergman or Tomas Saraceno.


Zhestkov’s art film Supernova takes the idea of explosion as a destructive force and re-frames it as a process of creation. The animation, depicting millions of particles in a digital realm, builds on this idea, letting the viewer watch as a familiar structure dissolves into numerous particles of colour and light.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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