Joe Sola


Changing Room

Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

January 11, 2020 — February 26, 2020

Working in VR space I was immediately struck by how the form, this virtual world, most clearly mirrored how my imagination worked. VR is part painting, part film making, part sculpture, part collage, part performance, part sound, part animation. I am able to combine all of these and other forms within this artwork, transforming spaces with a snap of the finger, with the gaze of my eyes, changing perspectives instantaneously, strangulating sounds, inserting new characters at different size and scale, leaping from environments and POVs like the suited sentinels from the Wachowski brother’s Matrix (2000), at a fraction the cost, without a team of 150 special effect persons. The only other way I know to approach this flexibility and malleability is through the written word. So in a way this VR is a new kind of writing for me, one that more closely reflects my multi-media, time based imagination, as it attempts to wrestle itself free from a system of images and structures created from cinematic languages. Where before I staged separate and distinct performances, films, paintings, digital prints, and drawings, now all are mashed together into something new. This artwork, Changing Room, looks at violence, sexuality and race through cinema and other media. ­­­­ - Joe Sola

About the Artist

Joe Sola was born in Chicago in 1966 and received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.  His work has been included in recent exhibitions at the Yuz Museum Shanghai, China, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.   Earlier exhibitions and installations have taken place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Andy Warhol Museum. His work is in many public collections including the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

I Drove to San Francisco and Back is more than a digital file, it is an installation consisting of a digital program file, hardware and software to display the program, and 2 set-piece benches.

The Vive HMD includes retrofitted Tobii eye-tracking, which manages user navigation through the digital program without wands.

Joe offers this installation piece in 3 Collector Editions, one AP, 1 Museum Edition, and 1 ARS Edition for archive.

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