The Imagined Futures of Alex Andreev

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Alex Andreev is a Russian artist. He calls his style "hermetic," and while I'm not sure what that means exactly, his work is certainly compelling. Many of his paintings -- computer-aided, I assume -- seem to imagine this very specific urban future, in which humanity has adapted to a new life in the clouds after having more or less ruined, then abandoned, the ground. For instance, here are a cluster of skyscraping apartments, at once desolate and whimsical:

Another painting finds their tops, tickling the stratosphere:
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... though a few bottom-dwellers still scrape by in shantytowns below the clouds:

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Meanwhile, up above, subway travel has entered the next generation, tracks suspended with balloons ...
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... driven by creepy light-face-people ...
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... or alternatively, there are the suspended railcar skytrams, which look about as friendly (and heavy) as cattlecars but somehow manage to creep along high-tension wires in the sky:
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Skytram traffic signals:
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A lonely skytram stop (inspired, perhaps, by Magritte's "The Empire of Light"):
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Waiting for the tram to arrive:
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And finally, high above it all, floating islands of tranquil suburban bliss:
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April 17, 2009 - 8:13am
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