Quayola’s artistic practice encompasses audio-visual performance, time-based digital sculpture, drawing, photography and software programming, through which he explores the fine boundary between the real and the artificial. Special institutional commissions have allowed him rare access to the art and architecture of churches, theatres and museums in Europe, including Notre Dame and the Vatican, whose original masterpieces and collections become raw canvas in his hands.
For Canary Wharf Quayola has created a new sculptural group based on his ongoing research into classical iconography – a re-interpretation of the iconic sculpture ‘Laocoön and His Sons’ in the Vatican Collection. Through computational methods, the geometry of the original sculpture is transformed into an abstract composition and the resulting sculpture loses its historical iconographic connotations while retaining the same proportions, tensions and equilibrium of the original subject. In Quayola’s hands it becomes an object of contemplation that documents harmonious collisions between old and new, and explores the hybrid space between figurative, abstract, real and artificial. The sculpture is designed using custom computer software and fabricated using large-scale 3d printing technology. Exhibited alongside the sculpture are a series of prints and video charting the process. www.quayola.com