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Paul Majano, The Picnic Party – Redwood Park

Paul Majano, The Picnic Party – Redwood Park (2014), 3D photograph [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Apr 9-Jun 12]


Paul Majano: I Was Here

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Apr 9-Jun 12, 2016

Although trained as a painter, Paul Majano has, for the past 10 years, combined his interest in figuration with “technology based forms of presentation and interaction.” The result is a recent branch of New Media known as “augmented reality.” Whereas “virtual reality” substitutes the real world with a simulated version, augmented reality shows us the world we are familiar with as well as giving us an opportunity to explore it further through computer-assisted machinery.

For I Was Here, Majano set his sights on “everyday events in outdoor public spaces,” most of them in parks in Surrey, BC. Once a location was selected, Majano would take its picture and a three-dimensional scan of its elements. The resultant image carries within it a “latent image – a three-dimensional photographic scene that when revealed, like the latent thought in Freud’s theory of dreams, offers potentially different narratives and new layers of meaning.”

As is often the case with interactive work, engagement requires more than an inquiring mind. For those eager to jump in, a smartphone or tablet is needed, as well as an “artist-developed augmented reality application.” But once these machines are in place, even the most familiar location has the potential to appear both new and unusual.

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Michael Turner

Paul Majano, TheJoke – Nicomekl River

Paul Majano, TheJoke – Nicomekl River (2014), 3D photograph [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Apr 9-Jun 12]

Paul Majano, The Carved Tree – Campbell Valley

Paul Majano, The Carved Tree – Campbell Valley (2014), 3D photograph [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Apr 9-Jun 12]



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