(Site specific installation)
Strata #4 is a multi-channel immersive video-installation by visual artist Quayola, commissioned by Palais de Beaux Arts in Lille. The subject of this work is a series of iconic pieces from the museum’s Flemish collection, focusing specifically on Rubens’ and Van Dyck’s grand altarpieces.
Strata #4 is the result of a study and exploration of the paintings themselves, delving beneath their figurative appearance and looking at the very rules behind the composition, colour 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. Documenting the improbable collisions between classical figuration and contemporary abstraction, Strata #4 aims to create an harmonious dialogue between worlds that
may appear very distant from one another, but in fact share so much in common.
Beccy McCray: producer
Matthias Kispert: sound design
James Medcraft: photography
Kieran Finch, Cai Matthews: animation assistants
Mauritius Seeger, Evan Bohem: programming
Patrick Hearn: technical support
Commissioned by Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille
Produced by Nexus, London
(Extracts from final piece)