Captives #1, 2013
Sequence of 3 sculptures
78.7 x 55.1 x 27.5 in / 200 x 140 x 70 cm, each
Transporting this beauty to a virtual realm, Quayola’s sculptures are accompanied by a multi-channel video installation. In the process of creating “Captives”, he used mathematical functions to describe endlessly evolving geological formations, which morph into classical figures. Pure geometric abstraction takes over as he reframes his subjects using a computational method of triangulation, leaving the final work “unfinished”.
As in previous projects, Quayola crafts a peculiar distance from his subjects, and wanders through the surface of an object, pushing beyond its picture plane. Informed by his experiences growing up in Rome, and spiritually detaching from the city’s rich tradition in architecture, the work is rooted in geometry and the iconography of perfection. Evoking the unexpected allure of a Chinese scholar’s stone, textural details in the surface of Quayola’s “Captives” result from an industrial milling technique.