Pierre Soulages, the French painter, engraver and sculptor that turns 100 on Christmas Eve of this year, was once described by Francois Hollande as “the world’s greatest living artist” for his signature outrenoir (beyond black) style featuring thick, dripping black brushstrokes over lighter and more colorful backdrops. Now, thanks to pioneering digital artist Miguel Chevalier, Soulages’ work is getting an interactive digital treatment in the very museum that is named for him in his hometown of Rodez, France. The exhibition presents two immersive, generative and interactive digital installations, “Pixels Liquides” and “L’Origine du Monde”, both of which expand on the contrast of light and dark and respond to the gestures and steps of the museum’s onlookers.
“Pixels Liquides,” measuring 13.4 meters by 7.8 meters, involves different shades of black and blue flowing over the wall canvas to create large-scale abstract paintings in real time. “L’Origine du Monde,” measuring 12 meters by 7.5 meters, is inspired by the beginnings of life both figuratively and literally. This interactive installation explores the organic world of biological cells and microorganisms and the patterns that emerge from layers of interaction. Check out the video below to see how the moving images transcend both the mediums of painting and video: