Created by artist Quayola, Captives is a series of digital and physical sculptures that offer a modern interpretation of the Renaissance style.
Italian born visual artist Quayola‘s ongoing series of digital and physical sculptures pay homage to one of Michelangelo’s unfinished series. ‘Captives’ is a contemporary interpretation of ‘Prigioni’ (1513-1534) and his technique of “non-finito.”
The digital pieces appear and disappear out of a crumbling abyss, whereas their life-size physical counterparts are chiseled out of stone by large computer-controlled robot.
This work explores the tension and equilibrium between form and matter, man-made objects of perfection and complex, chaotic forms of nature. Whilst referencing Renaissance sculptures, the focus of this series shifts from pure figurative representation to the articulation of matter itself.
Like the original sculptures, the figures have been left unfinished, documenting the history of their creation and transformation. The sculptures are currently on display at MU Eindhoven and you can check out Quayola’s process in the videos below: