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Javier Soler Esplugues
On a journey into the future via a holiday trip into space. The Spanish 3D artist Javier Soler Esplugues creates visually engaging experiments involving the ancient dream of visiting distant… Read more
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On a journey into the future via a holiday trip into space.
The Spanish 3D artist Javier Soler Esplugues creates visually engaging experiments involving the ancient dream of visiting distant planets. In a stylish new Orion space suit by NASA, two astronauts travel through space and time to enjoy an extraterrestrial holiday. With the help of digital rendering, the artist’s works explore the limits of reality and take the viewer on an inspirational journey into utopia.
The series Future Holidays skilfully works with our dreams and imagination, playing with our wildest desires to present us with unreachable distances in a highly photogenic but also slightly ironic manner. What we see exceeds all technology, yet it reveals something that many long for deeply. Everything is, could and perhaps one day will be just like this, but for now we still travel through time and space in the age of fantasy, enjoying coffee on the balcony of the imagination. A pale blue moon hovers alone over the planetary idyll. Upon a closer look we discover that it is the Earth.
While he was studying economics, the many possibilities of digital image creation so inspired Esplugues that he subsequently devoted himself entirely to artificially created pictures and became a self-taught 3D artist. With a specialisation in image and film, he uses 3D techniques in multifaceted narrative forms in order to visualise his fantastic ideas. As a skilled creator of his own visions, his works quickly brought him great international renown and popularity within the cosmos of digital art.
NFT in a Box
When photography was taking its first baby steps, people were treated to American photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s movement studies of galloping horses, running dogs and dancing artists. Captured using serial photography and ordered as individual photographs, the images, viewed rapidly, produced the illusion of cinematic movement. In reference to these early forms of “animal locomotion”, Javier Soler Esplugues sets a horse, a cat and a cobra in motion. Inside the animal bodies, which appear to be made of glass, a coloured liquid sloshes about, seemingly trapped inside the moving glass body. On the one hand, this combination gives the glass a smooth appearance; on the other, it accentuates the interplay of two different forms of movement. The regular, rhythmic gait of the animals – actually their jumping and trotting in place – is contrasted with the uncontrolled movement of the fluid inside the hollow body. The works show the complex possibilities that exist in the field of digital motion when we combine different worlds, contexts and materials. This amazing synergetic effect is further amplified by having the animals walk across a fluid, flexible ground consisting of an unknown white material on which their movement casts realistic shadows.