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Speculative Tech: The Art of Daniil Alikov

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Daniil Alikov is an abstract artist who uses aesthetics straight out of science fiction and speculative tech to create two and three-dimensional artworks. The pieces are highly structured and textural, and there’s an interesting tension between the artist’s use of traditional media, and the unconventional appearance of his finished pieces.

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I really love the combination of bright rainbow hues and cold, mechanical parts in each of Alikov’s artworks. The only saturated colour that the artist uses is concentrated in the rainbow concentric circles that form the focal point of many of his recent works. These focal points lend each work a sense of personality, as if each one represents the character or a particular robot or interface.


Small details in the form of printed numbers and symbols lend a sense of authenticity to each work, and encourage a closer look by the viewer. These artworks seem like they could be artefacts from some distant (or not so distant) future.

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About the author

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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