The Long Tomorrow

The Long Tomorrow two-man show by Dmitri Aske and Alexey Luka opened in Moscow, Russia as part of the Artmossphere Street Art Biennale.

A two-man show by Dmitri Aske and Alexey Luka, talented Russian artists with a strong graffiti background, was held on in September in Pechersky Gallery in Moscow, Russia, as part of the Artmossphere Street Art Biennale. Dmitri Aske presented his new body of work consisting of a series of eight plywood reliefs made in his unique manner and four canvases inspired by science fiction, while Alexey Luka showcased new semiabstract asseblages and canvases. The works were on display on 9-29 September. See more images after jump.

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When thinking about future people always hope for the best. They usually link future with progress that is primarily based on technological development. Technologies are constantly changing our society paving the road to ‘tomorrow’ people have always desired to peep at.

Most people tend to think that tomorrow will be better than today. Unfortunately, not many of them understand how important it is to remember your past and cherish the present moment. New works by Alexey Luka and Dmitri Aske are dedicated to present and future. Luka’s semiabstract geometric works contain scenes of our modern everyday life, while Aske’s works have been inspired by science fiction.

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The name of the exhibition is a reference to the novel ‘The Long Tomorrow’ by an American writer Leigh Douglass Brackett. Written in 1955, the action of the novel is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war. Since most people are convinced that technologies were to blame for the catastrophe, the law forbids to rebuild the cities destroyed during the war or to start anew the process of technological development.

Thus, The Long Tomorrow show raises a number of questions that are essential in our present-day life: Are technologies always good? How people should treat new inventions in science and technology? Should our progress be solely based on technological development? Or maybe there is something else and more important to it?

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Dmitri Aske

Dmitri Aske is a versatile artist from Moscow, Russia. In the mid-2000s he was among the most progressive Russian graffiti writers, and later started to use his graffiti experience in graphic design, illustration, and digital graphics. In 2010, Print Magazine, New York, included Aske in their list of top twenty up-and-coming young graphic artists from all around the world and featured him in their special annual edition New Visual Artists: 20 Under 30.

In 2011, Dmitri created his first series of tile plywood reliefs using his own technique, and since 2013 he has come back to the streets and pained large-scale murals in Russia and Germany. Since 2005, Dmitri’s works have been exhibited in Moscow, Seattle, Antwerp, Mannheim, and Cancun and published in books and magazines about graffiti, illustration, and graphic design. Having successfully created his own visual language, Dmitri Aske now tries to find a balance between the visual side of his artworks and the ideas and concepts behind them.

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Alexey Luka

Alexey Luka is one of the most talented Russian artists and illustrators who started his artistic career with graffiti. He has been painting since the early 2000s, and has applied his original style to walls, canvases, collages, assemblages, and digital works. At first glance, Alexey’s works look like abstract paintings, however all of them contain minimalistic characters and hidden stories. Since 2008, Luka’s artworks have been exhibited in Moscow, St Petersburg, Seattle, Portland, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Paris. Luka also takes part in street art festivals in Russia and Europe. In 2010 and 2012 he had two-man shows in Moscow, Russia and Lyon, France.

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All photos are courtesy of CODE RED and 1337x.