COMPANION (EXPANDED), the edition of 25 augmented reality sculptures by KAWS, marks a defining moment in the ever-evolving relationship between art and technology.
They are not only exciting new works by one of the world’s most significant artists, they also announce the arrival of a new artform. The sculptures can be displayed, viewed, photographed and shared through the Acute Art app. Collectors can choose whether to make the art and its location public or private, and can relocate it at any time. Each artwork comes with a unique digital certificate of authenticity from Acute Art and KAWS.
KAWS has emerged as a truly international artist through his appeal to diverse audiences across the globe. His signature imagery is easily recognizable, and through his strategies of appropriation, he has developed an oeuvre that transcends genres and defies all hierarchies. Over the last two decades, KAWS has won acclaim with work that demonstrates a unique agility and craft, as well as an underlying humor and irreverence. His prolific body of work straddles the worlds of art and design and includes paintings, murals, sculptures of all sizes, graphic and product design, advertising intervention, and now augmented reality. Throughout his career, KAWS has created work that engages audiences beyond the traditional art world. From his early days of interventions in the public realm to large-scale sculptures in Hong Kong harbor and Mount Fuji, his art connects with experienced art lovers as well as with people who have never set foot in the museums and galleries that exhibit his work. What he has to offer is nothing less than an exploration of humanity itself, perhaps best exemplified by his cast of hybrid cartoon characters. KAWS’ art is both playful and deeply emotional at the same time.
KAWS (b. 1974) lives and works in New York.