Chameleon Gallery VR is an online virtual reality platform presenting contemporary art exhibition. In collaboration with various artists utilizing virtual reality as new media in making and presenting their works, Chameleon Gallery gives audiences worldwide a new space in experiencing contemporary art.
Current Exhibition (March - August)
Voiding the Void by Ana Knezevic
Warehouse in collaboration with Chuxi Guo, Nandan Sam He, Wenkai Li, and Sicheng Wang
Medusa by SaraTirelli
Ana Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia,1976) completed her BFA/MFA degree in painting at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in 2002. She studied MFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 2003/04. Ana Knezevic creates light and sound installations and public projects that interconnect science, technology and art. By reducing visual elements, she brings new spatial experiences to viewers, heightening their awareness of the immaterial and invisible.
Sara Tirelli is a filmmaker and artist. She received her MFA in Visual Arts at Faculty of Human Science at University of Bologna, Department of Art, Music and Performing Art in 2003 and in the same year she obtained her Filmmaker Diploma at Scuola Civica di Cinema e Nuovi Media, Politecnico di Milano.
She began her career as videomaker for New Media Art in the Netherlands, V2_Institute Rotterdam and in Germany, Transmediale Berlin, before settling in Venice where she was selected as artist in residence at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in 2010.
Warehouse Project Artists:
Wenkai Li: Wenkai Li was born in Shenzhen, China in 1993. She received her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art (2018).
Nandan Sam He: Nandan is an interdisciplinary artist now lives and works in NewYork, NY, USA
Chuxi Guo: Chuxi Guo (1990), installation and video artist, born in Beijing, China. Now he works and lives in New York. He uses video and video interactive devices as the main medium to expand various interactive boundaries of video art.
Sicheng Wang: Sicheng Wang was born in 1992 in Wuhan, China. He lives and works in NYC. Painting is the art of seeing. It helps Sicheng looks at the outside world and then express what saw through an interior process.
Voiding the Void
Voiding the Void is an HTC Vive VR installation. Viewers pass through virtual spaces in the installation, exploring shapes and sounds from afar and within. This movement triggers subtle shifts that offer the viewer new relationships to the virtual space they are in and the world they return to. Within the installation, there are five different virtual spaces with unique environments consisting of shapes, sounds, and light. To travel between the virtual spaces, you must navigate to the center of the space you are in. Once you reach the center of the symmetrical space, you will automatically pass through to the next room.
Warehouse is a collaborative project between emerging artists and Chameleon Gallery. By working with artists who use different media in their practices, Warehouse experiments with virtual reality in various formats. The first volume will feature Sunset in Baltimore by Sicheng Wang, President Xi reads Chinese dictionary by Chuxi Guo, Dreamland by Wenkai Li and Road Towards BanZhangShan Tunnel by Nandan He.
Sunset in Baltimore:
When the sun strikes the cloud with its rays, mist trembles and hovers in the light. I am walking beside a river, named fate; I try to understand a single word. I restore myself in the fate, like a shore rebuilds itself in its waves. When the shore repairs itself, I walk.
President Xi reads Chinese dictionary:
There are fewer than 1,500 pronunciations for more than 10,000 characters in the Chinese dictionary which means many characters share the same pronunciation. This speech by President Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China uses all the pronunciations in the dictionary. In the video, president Xi has read all the characters in the dictionary.
Dreamland is about the artist who wants to go back to her simple and peaceful childhood. It is not only about the past, but also about her current confusion.
Road Towards BanZhangShan Tunnel:
Road Towards Ban zhang Shan Tunnel is one of my recovering voyages towards my odd phantasm and nihilistic belongingness. My generation grew up in a perception that reality is the most surreal thing. I inhabit my subconscious in my works—a place beneath the past, beyond dimension, echoing by its own present. I am creating an intimacy space that explore the rawness of a contemporary self and reveals an irrational order of a hyper normalized wonderland.
Medusa is a 360-degree video work that is experienced with a virtual-reality headset. It describes a Europe in crisis, and the events in the film mix fact with fiction. Sara Tirelli has used current news, social media, EU documents and interviews to portray the identity of the EU and the prevailing situation for people seeking asylum. The title of the work refers to the Greek myth about the gorgon Medusa, whose gaze turned people into stone. It also suggests the historic painting by Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819), which is a depiction of the survivors of a shipwreck and how people are the victims of poor decisions made by the rulers. The Raft of the Medusa, in turn, has similarities with contemporary images of refugees who risk their lives on the way to Europe, while people in Europe are paralysed watching the events unfold on their TV screens. There is an obvious link between the painting and today’s media images of the refugee situation.