"Pleasant Places," 2015
Single-channel digital video (color, sound), screen, media player
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
28 min, loop
Edition of 6
Titled like the first series of landscapes prints produced in Holland in the Seventeenth century, "Pleasant Places" consists of a series of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Quayola has returned to the same countryside of Provence 125 years later.
Quayola's "Pleasant Places" reimagines the countryside in Provence through the lens of contemporary technology. Visiting the same sites as Vincent Van Gogh, the works contemplate representation and abstraction in light of technological changes, as this relates to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as our contemporary moment.