EN PLEIN AIR IN PLAIN SIGHT (2015)
Augmented Reality Installation
Art by John Kelly
Curated & Produced by Seol Park
at the Skibbereen Arts Festival, Skibbereen, Ireland, July 23 - August 31, 2016
Artist John Kelly and curator-producer Seol Park present an outdoor installation of an Antarctic iceberg during Skibbereen Arts Festival.
Titled “En Plein Air In Plain Sight,” this virtual iceberg installation is produced through AR (Augmented Reality) technology and placed at this specific GPS point off the Glandore Harbour. The work is invisible to the naked eye––when viewer scans the expansive view of the harbour through(AR) app, the monumental iceberg comes into view against the ever-changing West Cork sky. This installation premiered in Miami Beach in December 2015.
In 2014, Kelly traveled to Antarctica and painted views of the remote continent en plein air, during which the artist also ran a journal on The Guardian. While the entire set of his fifty seven paintings from Antarctica now travels the world for institutional exhibitions––including the first showing at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2015) and the current show in West Cork Art Center (2016)––, presented here is an “environmental”-scale, sculptural version of one of the most iconic images from his Antarctica paintings.
This work furthers the themes of humorous displacement and monumentality that surface often in artistJohn Kelly's oeuvre. It also brings to attention that, despite the great efforts artists undertake to capture plein-air views of the nature, when it comes to the curators' (or gallerists') turn to exhibit the work, we unquestioningly resort to the conventional way of locking the artworks inside a ‘padded cell.’ The en-plein-air spirit that was alive at the point-of creation becomes lost at the point-of-presentation. En Plein Air In Plain Sight is an act of bringing the subject matter back out to the elements and allowing the viewer a chance at experiencing the subject in the expansive real-world view of the chosen site.
John Kelly is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. His quirky, surreal, critical work spans various forms of media including paintings, printmaking, sculptures, and now AR.
Curating Producer Seol Park is Principal at Spark Art Management NYC. Seol produces innovative exhibits and alternative art programs in collaboration with notable artists and art fairs. Seol serves as consultant for Intel and also as guest lecturer for the Interaction Design class in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
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