Topologies – Velazquez, Las Meninas, 2010
HD video (color, sound), video player
3 min 20 sec, loop
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
Edition of 6
Interrupting our expectations of space, the Topologies video installation re-imagines the calculations that go into crafting a masterpiece. In this work, the painted surfaces of two pieces from the Museo del Prado collection, Las Meninas (1656) by Velázquez and The Immaculate Conception (1767) by Tiepolo, transform into animated movement. Dislocating the viewer in time, this work boldly challenges, yet still submits to, the art object’s myth of perfection and aura, hanging in a church or museum. Transporting this beauty into a virtual realm, Quayola rigorously investigates the surface details of each object. Pure geometry and abstraction take over, as he reframes his subjects using a computational method of triangulation. Hundreds of thousands of polygons and points comprise a wire frame core that mathematically contorts and regenerates, driven by a soundscape that visually is determined.
This piece is the first in Quayola’s Strata series to break a composition down into complete abstraction. It can be displayed vertically or horizontally.
Sound design by Matthias Kispert.