Jardins d’Été by Quayola pays homage to the tradition of French Impressionism and the late works of Claude Monet. The second iteration of this series of artworks at 5 Manhattan West investigates the ways in which nature is observed, studied, and synthesized, becoming a point of departure towards abstraction. Quayola recreated similar conditions to the classical impressionist landscape paintings, however he engaged with an extensive technological apparatus to capture the sensitive nuances of reality beyond our senses. Here natural landscapes are observed and analyzed through the eye of the machine, and re-purposed through new modes of visual synthesis. Jardins d’Été consists of a series of 4K resolution digital video paintings inspired by the gardens of Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire. A wide range of floral compositions manipulated by high winds are filmed at night in ultra-high definition. Quayola edits the acquired videos with complex computational analysis of motion, composition and color schemes which become the foundation for the creation of new algorithmic paintings.
Quayola’s Jardins d’Été No. 2 is part of Artificial by Nature, a yearlong series of single-work exhibitions that explore distorted realities and altered perceptions of nature.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Based in Rome, Italy, Quayola (b. 1982, Rome, Italy) employs technology as lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, often at historically significant architectural sites, he engages with and reimagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Hellenistic sculpture, Old Master painting, and Baroque architecture are some of the historical aesthetics that serve as a point of departure for Quayola’s abstract compositions. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audiovisual performance, video, sculpture, and works on paper.
Past exhibitions of his work of work include a satellite installation for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Italian Cultural Institute, London, England; London; Paco Das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil; National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan; Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY; Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; MU Artspace, Eindoven, The Netherlands; British Film Institute, London, England; Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France; Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille, France; Grand Theatre, Bordeaux, France; Saint-Eustache, Paris, France; Forum des Image, Paris, France; Phillips, London, England; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; EMPAC Centre, New York, NY; Yota Space, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; MIS, São Paulo, Brazil; Casa Franca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and BAC Center d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; among many other international festivals. Collaborations include Mira Calix, Plaid, Vanessa Wagner, the London Contemporary Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux.
In 2013, Quayola was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from the University of Arts, London.
Jardins d’Été No. 2, 2016
45 min loop
Ed 6, 1 AP
Curated by Kendal Henry