Maxim Zhestkov Reflects on Nascent

Ash's Nascent Series takes a deep dive into the unrest before the technological singularity, examining the implications of living in a world where technological dominance prevails.

He explores the notion of preserving ourselves in the information age, asking difficult questions about who we are, where we're heading, and the gamification of life.

Ash encourages us to think beyond our humanity and consider the potential for synthetic happiness if our existence were to become increasingly synthetic. Ultimately, his approach invites us to reflect on the balancing act between the ease of managing emotions through technology and the need for authentic experiences in life to find ultimate happiness.

His work isn't simply a passive visual experience but an interactive exploration of deep philosophical issues skilfully rendered in the language of digital art.

Ash's compelling visuals serve as catalysts for contemplation on our society's growing symbiosis with technology, the future of our identities, and the very definition of happiness.

About the Author

Maxim Zhestkov is an artist who examines the connections of physical and digital realities. Divided by a permeable membrane, these two worlds exist in a constant exchange and redefine one another. Zhestkov acts on their intersection: manifesting the continuity of exploration, he imagines new worlds and expands the understanding of the phenomena present in our universe.

Merging architecture, sculpture, color, movement, and sound, the artist combines various channels of perception to develop a distinct universal language to depict complicated concepts and ideas in a succinct yet not scaled down manner. Experience and observation as well as a diverse and digitally sophisticated toolkit give an endless supply to this artistic research. Combining basic geometrical shapes — dots, spheres, and planes — Zhestkov creates intricate and hypnotic visual stories centralized on objects in their volume, detail, and beauty of movement.