Jun
17
2009
<em>Strata #2</em>
 

Quayola
Strata #2, 2009
HD video (color, sound), video player
7 min 5 sec, loop
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
Edition of 6

The subjects of Strata #2 are the gothic windows and architecture of two Parisian cathedrals: Notre Dame and Saint Eustache. The work was commissioned in 2009 by Arcadie and the Festival Némo, which hosted a premiere of the video installation inside the Saint Eustache cathedral. 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.

Quayola’s video installations dwell on the objective details of his subjects: light, form, shape and color. Glorious representations are built, as he temporally treats familiar symbols of the baroque and renaissance periods. Crafting a peculiar distance from his subjects, Quayola’s process wanders through the surface of an object, pushing beyond its picture plane. Stripping the objects he explores of their symbolic function, especially in the Strata series, Quayola locates this practice within the archaeological process of layering or stratification. A visual metaphor for history, it represents something crafted by the accumulation of signifiers over time, rather than a linear process. The term “strata” refers to a geological formation constructed of multiple layers of rock, where each layer is differentiated from the next through its characteristics: porosity, texture, color, and composition.

Sound design by Mira Calix and Autobam.

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Installation view at Church of Saint Eustache, Paris, France. April 2009

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Installation view at Church of Saint Eustache, Paris, France. April 2009

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Installation view at Church of Saint Eustache, Paris, France. April 2009
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