Quayola

21.02.12 Words by: Charlie Jones

Quayola is a visual artist based in London, who works closely with musicians like Mira Calix to produce beautiful moving classic paintings and shattering stained glass. He takes Rubens and applies triangulation algorithms made up of hundreds of thousands of polygons creating a 3D mesh that makes the paint look like it’s crackling; an alien life form pushing through from behind. Quayola says he investigates “the unpredictable collisions, tensions and equilibriums between the real and artificial, the figurative and abstract, the old and new.” His work explores “photography, geometry, time-based digital sculptures and immersive audiovisual installations and performances.” Sound is at the core of his pieces and inspired by Kandiski’s paintings, which Quayola believes represent sound, he describes his own work as “a system to visualise sounds, sort of like developing my own language”.

Quayola works closely with some of the worlds biggest museums, photographing some of the most famous roman baroque churches and stained glass including the inside of the vatican and recording them in his own way. He presents huge audio video installations alongside the paintings themselves. While filming and developing his pieces Quayola listens constantly to the musical structure, believing the surround sound of his pieces are integral to describing what’s going on.

Strata #4 – Excerpt 1 from Quayola on Vimeo.

Rome from Quayola on Vimeo.

Strata #2 – Excerpt from Quayola on Vimeo.

Partitura – Preview 04 from Quayola on Vimeo.

Partitura 001 from Quayola on Vimeo.

Natures 2B from Quayola on Vimeo.

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