ART THAT LIVES
IN 3 DIMENSIONS
Acute Art is a new art platform that transforms the way we collect, trade, and live with art. Together with KAWS, Olafur Eliasson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Koo Jeong A and Cao Fei we’re proud to launch a series of artworks that opens up a world of new possibilities.
Invisible to the naked eye, the augmented reality art comes to life in your phone’s camera to reveal beautifully crafted sculptures that interact seamlessly and playfully with the world around them. The experience takes art out of the gallery, onto the streets, and into people’s hands – challenging conventions about what constitutes a suitable canvas for an artist’s vision. In the process, it offers anyone, anywhere the opportunity to enjoy art and interact with it on a uniquely personal level. The photos and videos that you capture and share add an extra dimension to the experience, making the platform a truly collaborative one.
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KAWS is recognized globally as one of the most influential artists working today. Throughout his career, the New York artist has created everything from murals and paintings to large-scale sculptures for public spaces – engaging with audiences far beyond the art world. He was inspired to work in AR because of the new possibilities it opens up and the opportunity it gives people to interact with his work in a more personal way.
With this project, KAWS is breaking new ground but also returning to his roots. As the artist explains, “When I realized the quality that could be achieved and experienced in AR, I was immediately drawn to its potential. I have been creating objects and exhibiting works in public spaces throughout my career, and this allows me to expand on that in a whole new arena. The possibilities of locations and scale are endless, and I’m excited to start a new dialogue in this medium.”
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s works span sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation, VR and AR. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.
On this project, Olafur Eliasson said: “Today, where physical distancing guides our lives, it’s as crucial as ever that we surround ourselves with things and atmospheres that really matter to us. All elements of the WUNDERKAMMER play a role in my life. Some are objects that we normally take for granted – and I feel they should be celebrated like the wonders they, in fact, are. Other elements in the collection will be more experimental, such as light sculptures and objects that are invisible to the eye until you ‘catch’ them with your hand. The artwork is about challenging our perception of the everyday and actively welcoming that which lies on the boundary between the known and the unknown. It is about creating spaces that meld the everyday and the extraordinary – spaces that evoke vivid perceptions and embodied engagement.”
In 2017 Eliasson first launched his collaboration with Acute Art with Rainbow, an artwork in VR that draws on his fascination with natural phenomena and perception.
In 2019 Eliasson was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for renewable energy and climate action by the United Nations Development Programme.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) are known internationally for their large-scale environmental artworks and temporary sculptures. They first met in Paris in 1958, and fell in love through creating art together. Significant interventions include Pont-Neuf Wrapped (1985), which saw the couple enshroud Paris’s oldest bridge in 40,000m2 of golden fabric, intended to evoke the colour of the city’s pavements at sunset. A decade later, they created Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, 13 June 1935, Christo in Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. Significant outdoor projects include The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, London (2016-18), The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy (2014-16), and The Gates, Central Park, New York (1979-2005). From 1984-1991, they worked across two countries to create The Umbrellas, installing 1,340 blue umbrellas in Japan and 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California. Each of their works is disassembled once complete, leaving behind only preparatory drawings and collages. They have been the subject of international exhibitions at institutions including ING, Belgium (2017-18), the Fondation Maeght, France (2016), and the Smithsonian, USA (2010).
Koo Jeong A
Since the early 1990s, Koo Jeong A has made works that are seemingly casual and commonplace, yet at the same time remarkably precise, deliberate, and considered. Her reflections on the senses and the body incorporate objects, still and moving images, audio elements, and aromas. Many of her works are conceived within site-specific environments that question the limits of fact and fiction, the imaginary and actuality of our world. Koo Jeong A considers the connection of energies between a place and people, relying on chance to drive her encounters.
Koo Jeong A was named ‘2016 Artist of the Year’ by the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Recent solo exhibitions and commissions of her work include: ajeongkoo, Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2017); Enigma of Beginnings, Yuz Project Room at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape: Evertro, Everton Park, Liverpool (2015) and Oussser, Fondazione La Raia, Novi Ligure (2014).
Koo Jeong A was born in 1967 in Seoul, South Korea. Jeong A lives and works everywhere.
Cao Fei (b. 1978) lives and works in Beijing. Predominantly working in film and installation Cao Fei mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions to reflect the chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
In March 2020, Acute Art produced Cao Fei’s first virtual reality artwork, ‘The Eternal Wave.’ Premiering at the Serpentine galleries, visitors began in a real-life replica of the artist’s kitchen within her studio in Beijing before being transported into a virtual world based on the Hongxia Theatre.
Cao Fei’s works have been exhibited at a number of international biennales, triennales and exhibitions including Shanghai Biennale (2004), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Yokohama Triennale (2008), and the 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale (2003, 2007 and 2015), Serpentine Galleries (2006 and 2008, 2020) and Tate Modern in London (2002, 2013 and 2014); Guggenheim Museum (2011 and 2018), and MoMA in New York (2015 and 2016); Palais de Tokyo (2005 and 2017), and Centre Pompidou in Paris (2003, 2014, 2019) amongst others.
Acute Art collaborates with the world’s most compelling artists – including Marina Abramović, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Antony Gormley, Jeff Koons, KAWS, Bjarne Melgaard, Koo Jeong A, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg – providing access to ever-evolving new technologies that allow them to translate their creative vision into new digital mediums – including virtual, augmented and mixed realities.
The new Acute Art app gives people the opportunity to discover, experience and collect art in a way that’s never been done before. You can view augmented reality works through your phone’s camera, and share your photos and videos through the app. So if you haven’t already, why not download it now and start collecting?
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