Davide Quayola. Pleasant Places. ZILART edition.
In the frame of the parallel program of V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
Date: July 2 — August 10, 2016
Venue: Zilart Hall, Avtozavodskaya street, 22

«Pleasant Places» are series of digital paintings that explore the boundaries between representation and abstraction. They were created by Davide Quayola, one of the artists of the main project of V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. The artist’s widescreen artwork became a separate project that viewers can see in the specious area of Zilart Hall.

Inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, Quayola returns to the same Provencal village 125 years later and names his series of paintings similar to the first cycle of engraved landscapes, created in the Netherlands in the XVII century. However, landscapes are only a starting point, an excuse to the formation of internal movement and vision. While applying inappropriate methods of image analysis and algorithms of transformations, «Pleasant Places» challenge the photographic depiction and offer alternative modes of vision and synthesis. A very high spatial resolution, which allows to depict recognizable landscapes, reveals anthropomorphic forms and details in trees. Then, with help of special software, a detailed texture of leaves compress into a two-dimensional array, tending to abstraction. As the shape of shrubs and trees is blurring, the nature becomes dense and almost impermeable. Those resulting compositions kind of stuck between representation and abstraction, between the depth of the natural landscape and the screen surface. Contemplative digital paintings are replaced by contrasting visualization of color and movement data, remanding what is actually hidden behind the surface in reality.

«Pleasant Places» is a kind of homage to the modern tradition of Western art, where the landscape is a starting point of the movement towards abstraction and complexity of the world is reduced to a new alternative synthesis. In addition, the exhibition in Zilart Hall continues the theme of the main project as well as explains how «Deeply inside» may be a person in the age of hi-tech.

About Davide Quayola

Davide Quayola, Italy — Great Britain. 1982, Rome. The artist lives and works in London, UK.
Regarded for his enigmatic video installations, Quayola creates hybrid spaces of animated painting and sculpture. Engaging a practice of audio-visual performance, drawing, photography and software programming, he explores a fine boundary located between the real and artificial. Special institutional commissions of Quayola’s work have allowed him exceptionally rare access to the art and architecture of churches, theatres and museums in Europe, such as Notre Dame and the Vatican. In his work, original masterpieces and collections become raw canvas, as Quayola anchors a video-based exploration in a conversation about archives, collage, intellectual property and the appreciation of an object. In an age of the Google Art Project, which offers unprecedented access to the literal surface of a painting, Quayola handles the time we spend looking at art as a plastic artifact, something to be sculpted and suspended. The gaze is a place where the logic of a picture unfolds, seemingly excavated from beneath the image. Quayola’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; British Film Institute, London; Park Ave Armory, New York; Bozar, Brussels; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Cité de la Musique, Paris; Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille; MNAC, Barcelona; National Art Center, Tokyo; UCCA, Beijing; Paco Das Artes, Sao Paulo; Triennale, Milan; Grand Theatre, Bordeaux; Ars Electronica, Linz; Elektra Festival, Montreal and Sonar Festival, Barcelona;

Selected solo exhibitions:
2016 Iconographies, Nome Gallery, Berlin
2014 Captives, Import Projects, Berlin
2013 The Sculpture Factory, MU, Eindhoven (the Netherlands)
2013 Strata, multicultural space Troyka Multispace, Moscow
2012 Strata, bitforms gallery, New-York

Selected group exhibitions:
2015 Peaceminusone, Seoul Museum of Art
2015 Strata, Exploratorium, San-Francisco
2014 Ars Electronica, OK Center, Linz (Austria)
2013 Still em movimento: li..o de pintura, Paco Das Artes, São Paulo
2013 The Japan Media Arts Festival, The National Art Center, Tokyo

Selected awards:
2013 Золотая Ника, Ars Electronica Award, Linz
2013 The Japan Media Arts Festival, New Face Award, Tokyo
2011 Award of the Italian Cultural Institute in the 54th Venice Biennale for the best work of video art.

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Art quarter Zilart, under construction by LSR Group, is a new cultural centre of the capital with unprecedented concentration of cultural objects. Among them — Ermitage Moscow museum centre, drama and puppet theaters, a concert hall, picture galleries, embankment and park with street and public art works. All that makes Zilart not only a beautiful and comfortable living area, accommodating 25 000 people, but a new niche in the creative life of Moscow.

The architectural concept of the quarter provides for the preservation of historical workshop facades designed by the Vesnin brothers. That is why the future central boulevard and streets of the area are named after them and other great representatives of Russian avant-garde such as Kandinsky, Rodchenko, Chagall, Tatlin, Lentulov, Yudin, Stepanova, Lisitsky, Melnikov, Shchusev, Ginzburg, Golosov, Leonidov.

Involved in the project are the best Russian architects Yuri Grigoryan, Sergei Choban, Oleg Kharchenko, Yevgeny Gerasimov, Sergei Skuratov, Alexander Brodsky, architectural studios «Tsimailo, Lyashenko & Partners», «Maison Project» as well as world famous celebrities like Hani Rachid (Asymptote Architecture), Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk (Neutelings Riedijk Architecten) and landscape architect Jerry van Eyck (!Melk).

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