Under the pressure of "the new normal" framed by the coronavirus pandemic, both public and private institutions tend to find innovative approaches to showcase art for the audiences in the virtual space. In a desire to present artworks that responded to the current crisis and do it differently, two influential privately owned galleries Victoria Miro and David Zwirner decided to jointly host a new exhibition project called Side by Side.
This well-crafted online experience features artists represented by both galleries to highlight the specific approach to art-making by each artist and accentuate the physical materiality of their practice.
Namely, Side by Side is developed based on an exploration of omnipresent dualities in art and society concerning the digital representation of the physical, the artists' reasoning with each artwork, and spectatorship in an extended sense.
David Zwirner and Victoria Miro worked together with the virtual art platform Vortic to present the essence of each work along with their physical exhibition spaces in London in high-resolution virtual-reality versions. The software’s upgraded rendering techniques enabled this Extended Reality exhibition consisting of three-dimensional works including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and photographic works.
The exhibition includes artworks by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Stan Douglas, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Grayson Perry, and Franz West. Although their sensibilities differ aesthetically and conceptually, the mentioned artists share a unique treatment of the personal and collective experiences related primarily to identity and art-making issues.
Through her paintings Njideka Akunyili Crosby juxtaposes her intimate perspective of every day with the materials coming from Nigerian mass-media to address the African diasporic identity, while similarly, Alice Neel produces portraits of her family, friends, neighbors to present the realm of psychological and emotional.
The abstract sculptural by Franz West unravel his interest in the matters of observation, participation, and display meant to tackle the aesthetic ideal of the autonomous work of art. Chris Ofili investigates the thin line between abstraction and figuration through his captivating kaleidoscopic paintings and works on paper embedded with a signature blend of glitter, resin, collage, etc. Although more socially engaged and mostly focused on exploring the class issues in Britain, Grayson Perry creates works similarly by engaging various traditional crafts and decorating them with popular items. Equally socio-politically charged, yet aesthetically more subtle, Stan Douglas explores the collective memory by articulating the domains of technology in image-making.
All the works presented are to be bought and prices are exclusive of any applicable taxes or VAT.
Featured image: Stan Douglas - Powell Street Grounds, 28 January 1912, 2008. Digital chromogenic print mounted on Dibond aluminum, 60 × 104 1/2 inches, 152.4 × 265.4 cm. Framed: 63 3/8 × 107 1/4 inches, 161 × 272.4 cm. Edition of 5, 2 AP. All images courtesy David Zwirner/Victoria Miro.
London, United Kingdom