🗡@ Deiglan Gallery [Akureyri, Iceland]
BOREAL CRUSH PACK is a body of work created while in residency with the Gil Society in Akureyri, Northern Iceland during February 2022.
Digital asset packs, a collection of digital files often organized around a theme, have spiked in popularity for use in video games like Fortnite and Roblox, as well as in social media and the (possibly) looming Metaverse. These ‘bundles’ or ‘packs’ contain 3D models, images, sounds and animations, among other file types. While in residency at the Gil society, Melanie Clemmons created an asset pack using photogrammetry and 3d scanning processes. Akureyri’s flora and landscapes serve as the raw material for Clemmons’ assets, however the resulting pieces are warped, contorted, crushed, and whorled, existing more as symbols of unreality than recognizable objects.
In the exhibition Boreal Crush Pack, viewers are invited to explore worlds Clemmons has created using her distorted asset pack. Works on display include interactive 3D animations, video art, and virtual and augmented reality. All ages gleefully welcome.