VR Painting: Following in the Footsteps of Yan Yonghua: Couples Retreat Garden: Osmanthus Gallery

Following in the Footsteps of Yan Yonghua: Couples Retreat Garden: Osmanthus Gallery is a Hybrid VR Painting™ by Dave Alber.

oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm
2019
[work in progress]

Virtual Reality Art Exhibition: Diurnal Heartbeat: Shanghai

Diurnal Heartbeat: Shanghai: Oil, Mixed Media, and Hybrid Oil 360° Panoramic VR Paintings by Dave Alber

This exhibition explores the architecture of Shanghai’s Bund (Pudong and Puxi) during sunrise and sunset. Architectural monuments provide a spatial continuity from painting to painting—an exhibition space reimagined as a living map, a cartographic environment—within which the paintings pulse back and forth echoing the heartbeat rhythm of dawn and dusk, life pulsing in the city, connecting individual lives with the earth’s diurnal rotation. 360° panoramic VR paintings communicate the transitions of time while placing the viewer/participant in a rotating context that metaphorically mirrors the earth’s revolution.

Virtual Reality Art Exhibition: Continuities in Space and Time

Continuities in Space and Time: Hybrid VR Paintings™ by Dave Alber

This exhibition explores experiences of orientation and disorientation within Suzhou with an emphasis on its cosmopolitan SIP district. Points of reference within each painting refer themselves to locations within other paintings. Thus, each painting is tied together—connected—in a web of orienting spatial interrelationships. There is dissonance however between the experience of physical space in the gallery and the virtual world of 360° panoramic VR paintings, where the paintings tie together these familiar spatial orientations in a completely new context, simultaneously “more real” and “more unreal” than the paintings in the physical environment.

Jinji Lake View, Suzhou’s SIP District
oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm 
2019
[work in progress]

Yuelang Street, Suzhou’s SIP District

oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm
2019
[work in progress]

Virtual Reality Art Exhibition: Suzhou Gardens 360°

Suzhou Gardens 360°: Hybrid VR Paintings by Dave Alber

Suzhou Gardens 360° takes the viewer on an immersive journey into the symbolism and emotional resonances of Suzhou’s famous gardens. The intent isn’t to simply reproduce the scenery in oil paint and VR technology, but to call upon our collective sympathetic capacities to re-invoke and build a dialogue with the inner world feelings that inform the garden aesthetic. 

Exploring Couple’s Garden Retreat, for example… Tragedy struck the life of Qing Dynasty official Shen Bingcheng, taking away his family. However, after falling in love with the poet scholar Yan Yonghua, he rebuilt his life in the hermetic chamber of Suzhou’s Couple’s Garden Retreat. This exhibition of paintings explores the dynamic combination of dualities of yin/yang, husband/wife, and sun/moon in the context of a life renewed in a garden designed as a grand poetic metaphor for a shared life together. 360° panoramic VR paintings place the viewer/participant directly within a metaphorical and alchemical space where grief was transformed to joy.

Following in the Footsteps of Yan Yonghua: Couples Retreat Garden: Osmanthus Gallery
oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm
2019
[work in progress]

Flowers and Sunlight: Couples Retreat Garden: Osmanthus Gallery
oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm
2019
[work in progress]

VR Painting: Suzhou Hilton 360°

Suzhou Hilton 360° is a Hybrid VR Painting™ by Dave Alber.

Chinese ink with oil glazes (grisaille) on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm 
2019

VR Painting: Suzhou Center 360°

Suzhou Center 360° is a Hybrid Oil 360° Panoramic VR Painting™ by Dave Alber

Chinese ink with oil glazes (grisaille) on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm 
2019

VR Painting: Twin Pagodas 360°

Twin Pagodas 360° is a Hybrid Oil 360° Panoramic VR Painting™ by Dave Alber

Oil on canvas and panoramic VR technology
100 x 50 cm 
2019