Inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, U.K.–based artist Quayola traveled to Provence, France, 125 years after Van Gogh famously painted there. As a nod to that painter's expressionist style, Quayola’s own Provence landscapes morph from realistic images of windblown trees to abstracted scenes of color and texture, as the natural forms begin to bleed into one another in swirls of disintegrating pixels. Simultaneously, the audio of rustling leaves and wind becomes distorted and abstracted.
The artist writes: “Through the misuse of image analysis and manipulation algorithms, Pleasant Places challenges the photographic image and proposes alternative modes of vision and synthesis. As the outlines of trees and shrubs get blurred, nature becomes dense and almost impenetrable. The resulting compositions remain, suggestively, suspended between representation and abstraction, between the depth of the natural scenery and the surface of the screen.”
Exhibition overview from museum website