Pia Myrvold's Trippy, Virtual Reality-Inspired Video Art
Courtesy of LACDA Pia Myrvold's Flow, a digital video wall installation
In a world where creative individuals increasingly work in a cluster of disciplines -- actors sing in bands, rock stars paint, poets take up performance art, architects explore couture, rappers write books, etc. -- Norwegian painter, fashion and architectural designer, installation and electronic media artist Pia Myrvold is still a remarkably industrious polyglot.
Her current exhibition, "Immersion" at LACDA, is derived from the large-scale installation Flow: A Work in Motion, staged in Italy as a satellite of the 2011 Venice Biennale, and focuses exclusively on digital art.
State-of-the-art technology both fulfills and inspires her ideas about how objects behave in virtual and real spaces. Her bright, bold, chromatically saturated, luminous prints and projections combine abstract shapes evoking surreal and alien species of flora and fauna with kinetic geometrical objects and patterns in compositions that seem lit from interior light sources.
They are beautiful and engaging and a little bit creepy, exploring the singular qualities of electronic media, while still addressing classically formal issues of painting and sculpture, like volume and surface, even as they move and morph in three- and four-dimensional spaces.
It's a trippy and mesmerizing sight, so when you go, give yourself time to sit back and let it wash over you for a while.
"Immersion: The Transcendent Interface of Pia Myrvold" is up at LACDA, 102 W. Fifth St., downtown, Wed.-Sat., 12-5 p.m., through Feb 24. lacda.com