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23 March 2019
Unveiled at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018, Quayola’s photographic series Remains: Vallée de Joux is a digital interpretation of the natural environments of the Swiss Jura Mountains. From a distance, the still images appear to be photographs executed in the tradition of landscape painting, documenting the secluded forests of the Vallée de Joux.
Upon closer inspection, viewers understand the large scale works are digitally rendered compositions made up of billions of microscopic points captured by high-precision scanning and drone flights.
Technology functions as eyes, seeing things humans would not see, processing visual information with a different logic.
Italian artist Quayola (b. 1982) uses cutting-edge software, technology and programming to produce immersive installations, videos, performances, sculpture and photographic works that explore the tension between the natural and the mediated, the real and the artificial, the traditional and the high-tech. While his subject matter ranges from Gothic architecture to neoclassical sculpture to traditional landscape painting, his approach is highly conceptual and thoroughly computerised. Many of his works are produced using robotic fabrication tools and milling machines.
Quayola’s work is included in numerous collections and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; National Art Center, Tokyo; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Paço das Artes, São Paulo; Triennale, Milan; Ars Electronica, Linz; Elektra Festival, Montreal; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, among other museums and festivals. His work Forms won the Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013. Quayola is represented by Bitforms Gallery, New York.