Soundtrack comes from our friends Bonasforsa’s latest album, premiered on Centric.
I am walking barefoot on a gleaming white tiled floor through a light, open space. The endless landscape beyond is separated from me only by white linen curtains. The atmosphere is still, only the quiet sound of trickling water echoes off the tiled walls. I turn a corner, seeking the source of the water, in front of me is a vast hallway, with a perfectly straight channel of water running down the centre. The room is painted in a muted colour palette of soft pastels and off-whites, contrasting with the brightly coloured abstract shapes and vases sitting in their alcoves. I slowly lower myself to the pools edge and slide myself in…
Ever since I set eyes on Alexis Christodoulou’s works I haven’t been able to get them out my head. Why does no such place exist in the real world, and how can a space generated from one’s imagination and then created on a computer be so captivating and inviting? We caught up with Alexis to find out some of his inspirations.
A self-taught digital artist from Cape Town, South Africa Alexis works with 3D rendering software to create his spaces. As a child he grew up surrounded by computers and video games, however each video game he played frustrated him and posed the same issue,
Everything was always so saturated, dark and dramatic
A vintner and writer, Alexis began to create his works to escape the banality of daily life. His innate creativity married with the influence of architects such as Richard England and Luis Barragan, allowed him to create hyper-realistic, beautiful worlds. He became fixated on creating the ideal interior, it’s of no surprise that all those spaceships and army bunkers were replaced with minimalistic ideals.
All my lifelong frustrations at how virtual worlds had been constructed abruptly came to an end. I could suddenly decide how I wanted things to look.
Whilst working on his renders Alexis tries to construct spaces he could imagine his fictional self running around. Imagining a small RPG unfolding around him. The spaces are designed to be inhabited, there is often a chair for someone to sit in, or steps to help someone enter the pool, but Alexis also likes to put things in that don’t make complete sense, so that when you start imagining yourself in the space you have to engage with the errors and the impracticalities. The minimalistic spaces allow us, the viewer to construct our own narrative, rather than being directed and commanded by the computer, which inevitably creates a cluttered, rushed aesthetic.
Like many artists Alexis sees his work as his own personal escapism,
I’ll never be able to go to these places and I think that’s what makes it even more enchanting.