Quayola is a visual artist based in London. He investigates dialogs and the unpredictable collisions, tensions and equilibriums between the real and artificial, the figurative and abstract, the old and new. His work explores photography, geometry, time-based digital sculptures and immersive audiovisual installations and performances.
Sculpture Factory is the latest iteration of Quayola’s ongoing research on classical sculpture.
Inspired by Michelangelo’s technique of “non-finito” (unfinished), the installation explores the tensions between form and matter, real and artificial, old and new.
A large industrial robot live-sculpts endless variations of the Ancient Greek masterpiece Laocoon and His Sons. While never completing the full figure, each attempt discovers new articulations of matter. The result is a hybrid vision—a slow process of discovery not focused on the original figure but on the infinite possibilities of how to reach it.
Guided by sequences of algorithms, the robot finds its way through matter using unfamiliar strategies and patterns. The original artist’s hand and unique craftsmanship are eclipsed by the truly disinterested intelligence of the machine, and a surplus of viable possibilities.
Sculpture Factory is an ongoing project developed with the technical support of DARLab from London Southbank University, QD-Robotics, Kuka and Autodesk Delcam.