Virtual Reality exhibiting artists:
Iain Nicholls & Tom Szirtes, SkullMapping (Antoon Verbeeck & Filip Sterckx) and Matteo Zamagni
Private View: Thursday 12 May 2016
Gazelli Art House presents Enter Through the Headset, a new exhibition of works by artists working in VR (virtual reality) to highlight the blurred boundaries between real and virtual experiences.
The shows runs alongside Ben Tricklebank’s first UK solo show, Endec, and presents new virtual worlds by Iain Nicholls & Tom Szirtes, Matteo Zamagni, and SkullMapping, the artistic duo Antoon Verbeeck and Filip Sterckx.
Site specific work, Veil, created as a collaboration between Iain Nicholls and Tom Szirtes explores the concepts of recursion, alternate realities and space referencing the works of Diego Velazquez, Casper David Fredrick, Hans Holbein and early pioneers of film. Skullmapping presents The Styx a multi-sensory journey into the underworld inspired by the Greek myth of the river Styx. Matteo Zamagni mesmerizes the viewer with powerful geometrical and psychedelic patterns through his work, Nature Abstraction, which maps both biological forms and cosmic shapes.
The interactive artworks are accessible via three VR headsets on the first floor of the gallery. Matteo Zamagni’s work will be both featured in the physical space of the gallery and Gazell.io, the online artist residency program established last year. This parallel programming is the first one of its kind for the gallery.
“The intention of this ‘show within a show’ is to continue exploring non-traditional mediums in art, helping artists work within this field by creating a sustainable exposure and nurturing the cross-over between technology and art – a growing area of interest for the gallery over the past two years,” says Mila Askarova, Director of Gazelli Art House.