Міст. VR

2018

In Shalenny’s VR work the viewer goes beyond the horizon on a compressed forty thousand kilometers journey around the world. A game of chance, the journey is the outcome of a line drawn from a bridge and further across the world, taking place in the dead of night, where fuzzy silhouettes of people tear along through desolated landscapes, fleeing into grayblizzards and shadowy forests. Based on watercolors by the artist, one setting replaces the other as the ghostlike figurescross birch forests, oil fields, abandoned churches and oceans in the seemingly limitless universe.

Shalenny has long been fascinated by the idea of the bridge in his works and in this particular work he takes a bridge as the starting point for imagining a way of escaping the ongoing crisis in the land where he resides. Or as he expresses it: “The idea of escaping is unconscious, it sprouts and becomes a young tree. Every morning I go to the yard with an axe and hack it at the root, banishing the wrong thoughts. The next morning it grows above me twice, its rustling leaves talking to the wind, which have already been everywhere.”


The Bridge, VR, duration: 9:51 min

 

Topographic maps of the direction of the bridge. Composition #1. watercolor paper, 75×105 cm

 

Topographic maps of the direction of the bridge. Composition #2, watercolor paper, 75×105 cm

 

Topographic maps of the direction of the bridge. Composition #3, watercolor paper, 75×105 cm

 
Mentally extended to infinity, the bridge like the horizon becomes situated between two places, the scene of arrival and the point of departure. All horizons disappear in space, and yet the strong conviction that there is a better world beyond the horizon lives on.

Seen in the light of the current global refugee crisis the infinite bridge seems like a symptom of our times, or, a cure for an escape attempt. The construction of a bridge allows us to access the other shore with ease, to solve the gap between our longings and our goals and dreams, which else remain distant.

 

Siberia. Northern Lights, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 
The first step in approaching the creation of the virtual reality artwork, was to make detailed watercolour drawings of each scenarium, illustrating as many details as possible. Then the watercolor figures and sceneries were adapted to Virtual Reality, allowing the viewer to enter the universe of the drawings.

 

Russia. Temple, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Pacific Ocean. Military base, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Africa. Сoast, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Africa. Wild animals, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Africa. Snakes, watercolors, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Pacific Ocean. military base, during the Second World War, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Russia. Plant, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Russia. Оil fields, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Russia. The destroyed church, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

The atlantic ocean. Strait Drake, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

The atlantic ocean. Seals, watercolor, paper, 30×40 cm

 

Storyboard. Running people, watercolor, paper, 21х30 cm

 

Storyboard. Swimming people, watercolor, paper, 21х30 cm

 

Running people, composition 1, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Running people, composition 2, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Running people, composition 3, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Running people, composition 4, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Swimming people, composition 1, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Swimming people, composition 2, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Swimming people, composition 3, watercolor, paper, 30х40 cm

 

Storyboard. Falling people , watercolor, paper, 21х30 cm