I'll be showing some new work at Arena Galleries this week when Colonize: Revisited opens at Arena Gallery in Liverpool this Thursday. The studios have a great energy to them so it was a pleasure to be there installing today and having a nosy around. The exhibition is a kind of follow up to the recent exhibition in Jamestown, New York (photos from which I will put on here at some point, I promise) with the work I'm showing directly influenced by my residency over there.
For want of a better name I've been referring to these images as the Nightscape series, after misreading the title of a Stephen King book on my reading shelf. But the name seemed apt, and it stuck. I often suffer insomnia and these microphotographs are from one of my more productive bouts, pinpoints of light illuminating oases of colour in the darkness.
Parallel View is a text based adventure game set within the real life exhibition 'Far Lands' (see previous post). Except, the real 'Far Lands' opened after I made the game. And the real exhibition, in many ways, looked completely different to the one I imagined. They have both grown from the same seed of an idea but have flowered into two very separate things. That's where the parallel part of the title comes in; parallel in the sense of parallel realities, a what-could-have-been exhibition existing only in a virtual plane.
Although the (physical) exhibition is now over, the digital version of 'Far Lands' will live on in the internet. Parallel View was built using the Quest engine and will be available to play on their website soonish - just having a few technical difficulties with the upload presently.