Quayola's Strata #4 Abstracts The Flemish Masters
We’re big fans of Quayola here at The Creators Project, and he’ll be showcasing his audiovisual work Natures at our São Paulo event in 4 days time. When we met him for our profile video he was in the middle of working on the next part of his Strata series, a series which looks at transformation by taking classical art and architecture and refracting it through a digital landscape using custom software. He’s just released a teaser video for the lastest part called Strata #4—it’ll be a multi-channel immersive installation and is due to premiere at Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille, France on October 7, 2011.
This time Quayola takes as his inspiration a series of iconic paintings—among them Rubens and Van Dyck—from the museum’s Flemish collection. He then uses his custom software to explore and study the paintings, “delving beneath their figurative appearance and looking at the very rules behind the composition, color schemes and proportions of each piece. It is a precise process aimed at creating new contemporary images based on universal rules of beauty and perfection.” The still paintings, frozen in their masterly reverence, come alive and ripple with mischievous geometric abstractions.