Loci – A VR Production by Charles Harrop-Griffiths
27 February – 3 March 2018 ← Back to the portfolio
Thursday 1 March 6pm
Following his year-long residency with the gallery, Anise Gallery are proud to present ‘Loci’, a solo exhibition by Charles Harrop-Griffiths furthering his artistic practice in the medium of virtual reality. In ‘Loci’, the viewer is invited to enter the artist’s reinvention of religious iconography through the lens of contemporary social customs and technologies.
The VR headset will be accompanied by various drawings related to the environment, and the entire gallery space will be traversed by the viewer in the virtual realm, where data produced by an individual internet user comes alive. Entering an ornate space inspired by Charles’ observations of Italian interior architecture, objects and artefacts disintegrate and re-assemble themselves, polarising archaic religious iconography with communities formed through social media and the assumed autonomy that this creates.
Symbolism from history is subverted and transformed as the gallery becomes a walk where time is reversed and life and decay is thoroughly questioned; we bare witness to a future archaeology where the familiar and the surreal come together and envelop us.
Charles’ work has been exhibited internationally including Gazelli Art House, London, Le Centrequatre, Paris; Boomtown Fair, Winchester; Canary Wharf, Anti-Film Festival and AR/VR Residency, Portland, USA. In 2016 he won the South Kiosk Award for Virtual Reality, was longlisted for the Lumen Prize and shortlisted for the International Emerging Artist Award.
Produced in collaboration with A-VR and Anise Gallery