Theo Triantafyllidis, Painting, 2018
Print on plywood, laser cut acrylic, construction fencing, video (color, sound), screen, performance documentation
71 x 142 x 1 in / 180.3 x 360.7 x 2.5 cm, video: Bitforms Gallery
Greek artist Theo Triantafyllidis uses 3D modifies 3D models from role playing fantasy games to create virtual performances that are often accompanied by site-specific installations. In his ongoing series, Triantafyllidis performs as a queer character that is "80% muscular, 30% pregnant, and 10% Ork". Painting is a 12 minute movie that corresponds to the time it took for the artist to made the painting as the Ork in VR. Read more about the project here.
Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988, Greece) is an artist and architect based in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA from UCLA, Design | Media Arts, where he presented a guide called “how to everything” as his thesis, under scholarships from UCLA and the Onassis Foundation. He also holds a diploma of architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. Humour, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to his work. Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he is searching for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his mediums of choice for this. He has shown work in museums, including the Hammer Museum, the Armory Arts Museum, LA and various galleries such as Sargent’s Daughters, Young Projects, New Wight and Intelligentsia Gallery in North America, Europe and Asia. He has also participated in multiple online shows including thewrong.org, cloaque.org, and h0000ff.