OUT OF NOWHERE is proudly presenting an immersive art exhibition Pixinity: Pop-Futurism by the New York based artist Tianyu Qiu, featuring all new works. Pixel is the smallest element representing digital world. The concept of the Pixinity is inspired by both the aesthetic of gaming, pop cultural imageries and a systemic visual language. We now live in the merge of digital world and the material world. Pixinity is a digitized world brought to life in the physical world. Tianyu uses immersive spaces as a medium to communicate with the viewers and to reflect how much we are integrated in the digital realm nowadays.
Tianyu describes the exhibition “Pixinity” as Pop-Futuristic, which is taking the inspiration from futurist art from the early 20thcentury, which the artists such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, who started the movement in the merge of Second Industrial Revolution with the notion of experimenting on different mediums and emphasize on the technological influence. A hundred years later, we are at the same point as these futurist artists, but we are embracing a more diverse and technological advanced time. Tianyu is taking the futuristic approach of looking into the influence of new technology with the combination of the pop culture in the format of the pop-up exhibition. The idea is to trigger the audience’s curiosity and exploration of technological advancement in our life.
The idea of the emoji-like pixel characters “Mignons” and the pixelated iconic symbols emphasized a simple and quick way of communication in the contemporary world through internet platforms and social media. These works inspired from the digital iconography, which they embody the intersection of the contemporary fast-pace digital life, pop cultural aesthetics, and the art of our digital age. There is also a personal story between the artist and his creation of Pixinity, which he witnessed his family member suffered from autism since her childhood, even though she struggles from being difficult in verbal communication, but she could understand and communicate with computers, internet, and these iconographic symbols. In this exhibition, he creates another digital world for the kids, the families, and everyone who can have fun and enjoy a fairy land of pixels. This exhibition is also collaborating with non-profit organization Autism Speaks, which the collaboration will help raise social awareness of the undermined group, and part of the sales will support the autism researches and patients.