Alberto Lezaca is a Colombian artist working with the sculptural and architectural aspects of CGI images. He's worked and exhibited across Latin America and Europe and was recently here in London as a Gasworks artist in residence. It's a shame our paths didn't cross while he was here, but he got in touch recently and I'm glad he did.
Above are some images from a very nicely realised series of CG images that depict spaces inextricably linked with some very familiar and iconic artists: Ad Reinhardt's studio, Kazimir Malevich's funeral, a door in Duchamp's Paris studio and the Merzbau reconstruction of Kurt Schwitters' MERZ building. In recomposing these spaces as CG images, Alberto acknowledges the dogmatic narrative of art history as well as proposing its reconfiguration.
As 3D-modelled spaces, they can be reconstituted and experienced from new angles, new approaches. Despite the feeling that the scenes are being reduced to something prototypical with a relatively impoverished significance, their prototypical appearance hints at a greater potential: these are not photographs, they are representations of shareable, mutable files. They can be revisited and re-rendered and as such expand and supersede their photographic origin.
Work like this gets me excited about the potential inherent in the current VR 2.0 technology (Hololens, Morpheus, Oculus), and that is the ability to revisit places, whether that means immersive 360 degree holiday snaps, virtual conferencing, or something more complex: film sets, extinct habitats, historical moments or entirely CG worlds (Frozen, Monsters Inc etc). When I look at Alberto's images I start to imagine art history as a theme park where we might be able to immerse ourselves in the spaces of canonical figures. That would be enough provocation in itself, but Alberto has selected a certain breed of artist: the artist whose work stood for something beyond material manifestation. Is Lezaca's augmentation a conceptual powerup or a travesty? Either way, it works.
The Image-as-Image series is just one of a rich seam of work. There's plenty to look at and think about. Visit his site!