Walter Art Gallery debuts Quiballo’s ‘Artifact,’ Jan. 17-Feb. 21

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Walter Art Gallery presents “Artifact,” the solo exhibition of mixed media artist Rembrandt Quiballo, on display from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21.

The Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, will host an artist reception for “Artifact,” with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17;  closing reception is 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

The artist’s work delves into and manipulates images from mass media, according to a press release, detailing the work of the Manila, Philippines born artist who immigrated to the U.S. due to social and political unrest in the Philippines.

He received his bachelor’s of fine arts in painting and his bachelors in philosophy from the University of Arizona, plus his master’s of fine arts in photography from Arizona State University, the release said.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the ASU GPSA Research Grant, the SPE Student Award, the Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship and the Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Through the moving image, his work explores mass media and its effects on social and political history as his latest body of work “imagines the possible remnants of our existing digital culture,” according to the release.

While traditional archaeologists excavate the earth to find evidence of long-lost civilizations, “Artifact” explores what future scientists could discover while mining the ever-expanding digital cloud, said the release.

The artist’s images invite the “viewer to imagine the leavings of our dominant form of cultural archives transfigured by time – our lives obscured and lacking the details we take for granted,” described the release, noting that every facet of human life will soon be digitized.

Through the use of datamoshing and glitch techniques, the artist generates digital artifacts within images found in mass media such as film, television, and the Internet.

The prevalence of data compression today makes this loss of information inherent in everyday images. 

In pursuit to produce and consume an endless stream of visuals, complications such as finite data space and visual incongruity are faced, added the release. 

Meanwhile, a new kind of imagery emerges, questioning what is lost, and what will be assumed in the missing spaces.

Also, past, present and future meet in what is noted as the artifacts of life.

The Walter Project is an innovative community of artists, entertainers, makers, and visionaries who unite to form various creative ventures such as The Walter Art Gallery and The Walter Hive.

Known for their art cars such as Walter the Bus, Big Red, and Kalliope, the purpose of this community is said to share joy and spark creativity through unique experiences.

If you are not able to attend the opening or closing receptions for “Artifact,” schedule a private viewing.

For more information about The Walter Art Gallery or  featured artists visit: walter-art.com.

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