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IMMERSION - Amy Ai (IB-HL) - 3D virtual exhibition by BCIS SS Visual Art -2020

IMMERSION - Amy Ai (IB-HL)

Fri, 04/17/2020 to Tue, 06/16/2020

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The theme of this exhibition revolves around the abstract concept of “immersion”. To see beyond the superficiality on canvas and an artwork’s aesthetics, it could be argued that one must carry out a concentrated attempt to fully perceive the artwork’s content in a state of immersion. “Immersion” is defined literally as “being completed surrounded by something,” and figuratively as “deep mental involvement.”

This idea came across my mind after visiting the exhibition “Living Digital Forest and Future Park: Lost, Immersed and Reborn”. With interactive digital and light installations, the exhibition itself immersed the viewers into projections of seas of flowers. The interactions between lights and large mirrors purposefully bewildered the viewers when walking in the gallery space. This exhibition triggered me in thinking about how traditional 2D artworks can create a similar experience. 

Visual and sensory immersion has long been bound inextricably to the world of art in which paintings aim to interact directly with the audience with a high level of intimacy, spurring the audience’s deeper emotional and intellectual involvement. In such a situation, the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of “immersion” allows this experience to exist in many forms; it can be the placement and interaction of objects in the artworks or the vague and overwhelming atmosphere created through techniques. For instance, many impressionist artworks use spontaneous, loose, and visible brush strokes to create scenes with objects immersing into each other; correspondingly, a sense of change of immediacy pulls the attention of the viewer into the canvas to create an immersive viewing experience. 
 
Different interpretations of the word “immersion” stem from different methods of artistic executions; therefore, revolving around one central theme, this collection of artworks explores relationships between objects, physical placement of objects on canvas, stylistic features creating ambience, and eventually abstract sentiment evoked from the audience. Starting with a landscape painting inspired by Arnold Böcklin and Caspar David Friedrich, the distinct contrast between the sizes of the traveler and the volcano conveys the insignificance of human existence in the face of nature. The viewers are invited to immersed themselves in the scene as the traveler is physically surrounded by the enormous landscape. The view of the back of the traveler signifies the start of an unpredictable journey ahead—the journey within the depicted landscape and the journey of viewing the rest of the work in this collection. 

From Work No.1 , the subject matters of the collection gradually change into daily objects that aim to resonate with the viewers on a more personal level. The grandeur and overwhelming atmosphere created by a long-range perspective in the first painting transitions into a sense of encompassing intimacy created by closeup views. 

In the collection, water, light, shade, and mist are reoccurring subject matters that I found to be quintessential representations of the concept of “immersion”. The nature of these objects highlights dynamics in shapes, transparency in forms, and versatility in colors. The combination of them creates a range of intriguing interplays of objects that immerse the viewers into the illusory atmosphere of change and ambiguity that I perceived as the center of the concept of “immersion”. 

On the other hand, “immersion” includes two subtopics that are innately contradictory: tranquility and chaos. For instance, the static scenes in work 1, 3, and 4 evoke an encompassing sense of tranquility that holds the viewer’s attention to a certain fixed point on the canvas. Whereas in Work 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8, objects overlap, collide, and immerse into each other; thus, the viewer will gravitate into an overwhelming confusion generated by the complex dynamic or dense composition of objects. 

The exhibition is planned to in a relatively confined space (e.g. my studio space) to create intimacy and immediacy for the immersive experience. All digital works (Work 4 to 8) are expected to be printed out on transparent film and hanged down from the ceiling . With the help of natural lighting, the illustrations will appear translucent, and light will create illusory projections of the illustrations on surfaces. To further reinforce the theme, work 6 and 7 are going to be printed in large sizes (e.g. work 6–160x200cm) to not only showcase the details but also to make overpowering visual impacts. 

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