Young Masters is delighted to present “Veil” (2016), an installation based on virtual reality (VR) technologies to transport visitors into an alternate gallery space. In an evocative way, the piece invites the visitor to experience the gallery in a new perspective as the technology subverts the traditional gallery experience.

“Veil” is the result of the unique collaboration between fine and visual artist Iain Nicholls and digital designer Tom Szirtes. The site-specific installation allows participants to experience an actual gallery space virtually.

The installation is comprised of a physical model of a humble cardboard house placed on a white plinth, and viewers are invited to look through an attached VR headset. Once wearing the headset, visitors will see the model house and plinth as placed in situ, followed by a surreal semi-narrative sequence. In this digital reality, the model house is subtly different and begins to transform and take on special properties. Participants are able to further explore the miniature house, and through the act of examining, they can pass between the model’s interior and exterior of the structure. In effect, the virtual reality takes over the physical reality.

The piece explores the concepts of recursion, alternate realities, and space referencing the works of Diego Velazquez, Casper David Fredrich, and Hans Holbein. “Veil” was presented with great interest and success in August 2015 at the Barbican Centre and subsequently at the Herrick Gallery in Mayfair and Zealous X Festival. This version is presented courtesy of Gazelli Art House, London.

YOUNG MASTERS EXHIBITION
CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF THE 4th EDITION OF THE YOUNG MASTERS ART PRIZE
Exhibition runs from 2 – 8 October 2016

Private View: Tuesday 4 October 2016 | 18.30 – 21.30 | RSVP

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