Virtual Natives – Sculpture
Roehrs and Boetsch, Zurich
– 2 March 2019
The art gallery Roehrs and Boetsch recently opened a virtual gallery for virtual art and aims to promote developments in this direction. The starting point for the project were works by the artists Banz and Bowinkel – in particular their three-dimensional simulations of motion sequences as two-dimensional prints, which visitors can also experience physically for the first time in the current exhibition of the newly opened VR gallery.
The initiative by galerist Nina Röhrs to open the virtual art gallery Cube in collaboration with Banz and Bowinkel and Manuel Rossner, an expert on art in virtual space, was born out of the fact that they could not meet the full potential of Banz and Bowinkel’s “Body Paintings” in two dimensions. Using VR glasses and controllers, visitors can explore a five-storey building showcasing one artist’s work per level. As Banz and Bowinkel stage one of their “Body Paintings” in the entrance hall, the other artists fill the space with predominantly sculptural elements as well. It becomes clear that virtual space does away limits: known material properties no longer play a role – sculptures can float, wrap themselves around the visitor or simply be of unreal nature. Nevertheless, movement is the common feature of the exhibited artist positions. The visitor is also free to engage with the works from different distances and perspectives. You can visit the artist Theo Triantafydillis in his studio, while his avatar works on a sculpture. Furthermore, some works can be experienced acoustically or interactively.