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Vladimir Zimakov: Random Turns

August 18, 2023 — March 30, 2024

Vladimir Zimakov: Random Turns

Vladimir’s work captures imaginary moments and narratives, based on emotions, intuition and irrationality. Concepts such as inspiration, obsession, temptation, irony and madness are transformed into concrete and vivid images, where various characters are assembled to interact with each other and their environment. Everyday common occurrences are juxtaposed with absurd and nonsensical situations. There is an attempt to make sense of our own actions and interactions, through visual metaphors and humor, often going beyond logic and reason.

The drawings and structures presented at Random Turns originated from sketches, drafts and studio experiments created over a period of the last few years. Some of the works became further explorations of ideas that took root in Vladimir’s book illustration projects; other times, the compositions were inspired by random occurrences that took place throughout the day. Many of the artworks were created with much consideration for the environment in and around TurnPark Art Space.


Vladimir Zimakov is a Boston-based artist, printmaker and illustrator, specializing in techniques such as charcoal drawing, linocut, silkscreen and letterpress among other traditional and digital media. He is the Professor of Art and Design and the Director of the Wedeman Art Gallery at Lasell University, located in Newton, MA.

Vladimir has earned a Master of Art Degree in Communication Design from Central St. Martins College in London. Since then, he has illustrated books and designed book covers for the world's leading publishing houses such as Penguin, Random House, Faber and Faber, Centipede Press, the Folio Society, Oxford University Press, as well as fine press publishers – Foolscap Press and Mad Parrot Press, among others.  He also creates his own limited-edition books under the imprint Wild Pangolin Press. His most recent book is based on the nonsensical poem by Lewis Carroll – Haddocks’ Eyes. Vladimir’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in America and Europe. He is actively involved in the book art and design community and regularly participates in artists’ book and printmaking events in the US and abroad.

A selection of Vladimir’s artwork can be seen at

The Opening reception is on September 16th

4-6 pm - opening reception and artist talk
6-10pm - music and after party