Gazelli Art House is delighted to announce Anon., a surrealist site-specific installation by artist duo Walter & Zoniel. Affiliated with Lumiere London, Anon. features luminous old age pensioners projected as living sculptures on to the front of the gallery’s exterior. The glow-in-the-dark-grannies, each installed in solitary existence, glow under the flashing lights of the artist’s camera. In order to trigger the living sculptures luminosity throughout the night Walter & Zoniel perpetually photograph the reflective subjects who have been coated with Albedo100 Reflective Spray. The stream of abstract images taken are then projected onto the windows above the installation forming a live wall of rolling imager y, remaining present for a matter of minutes before being replaced by the next image. Viewed from the street the installation takes over the whole building at night, illuminating Dover Street.
The installation is a reflection upon the human condition and our relationship to the modern world, themes that Walter & Zoniel often explore in their work. The artist duo is renowned for presenting questions within their art, using the surreal and light hearted to evoke thought. The playful spirit of this fantastical piece provides a basis to pose much deeper questions around isolation within our society, our relationships to digital media, obsessions with photography and our cultural relationships towards ageing. The contrast of the fluorescent geriatrics coming to life under the flashlight, juxtaposed against the stream of digital imagery is designed to be both beautiful and thought provoking.
The surrealist nature of the work is an ongoing theme in their art, aimed to evoke joy, inspiration and reflection at the unusual installation. Further themes of their work reflect upon the proliferation of the photograph in mass and social media, and the consequentially changing manner in which we communicate with one another on a day-to-day basis.
Walter & Zoniel like to create works that have a strong positive and inspirational connection with their viewer, taking them out of an everyday moment to a point of unexpected elation whilst simultaneously opening up questions about their subject matter.