Synthesizing Old Masters

For audio-visual artist Quayola, works by Old Masters serve as a jumping-off point for his textured and dynamic films. For example, his work Strata #4 begins with views of paintings by Anthony Van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens, among whom he regards as “icons of perfection.” In turn, Quayola pixelates and systematizes these images, as seen in this video excerpt (shown). His Strata series “is about creating improbable connections and establishing a dialogue between languages apparently distant,” Quayola explains. “I play with the layering of times, functions and representations... questioning what is real and what is artificial, what is old and what is new, what is figurative and what is abstract… Literally the ambiguity of questioning reality itself.”

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