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Virtual reality art to feature in upcoming exhibition at London’s Royal Academy

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Works of art created in virtual reality are to feature in a new exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

From Life charts the history of making art from life and how the practice is evolving with the advent of new technologies.

Alongside pieces by artists such as Antony Gormley, Farshid Moussavi and Lucian Freud will be VR works by Jonathan Yeo, and VR production studio Factory 42 created in Google’s Tilt Brush and Sixsense’s MakeVR Pro.

Yeo, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, is creating the first free standing structure created in Tilt Brush. Tilt Brush allows the user to paint in 3D space using virtual reality.

Yeo’s work combines sculpture and painted portraits with this cutting-edge technology to redefine the way an artist approaches self-portraiture.

To create the works, Yeo gained access to the world’s most advanced “light stage” scanner in Los Angeles to create 3D images of himself. The scanner was built by leading Hollywood special effects and optical company OTOY.

Factory 42 is creating a VR experience commissioned by Sky Arts and Google Arts and Culture. The work shows how artists have practised their craft throughout history.

Additionally, the studio is also creating a number of individual experiences to showcase the methods of From Life’s featured artists. A documentary will also focus on the process of making art in VR.

From Life opens at the Royal Academy of Arts on December 11th 2017.

Image: Google Tilt Brush

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