“I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now.” – Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve.

In this exhibition, which spans the arts and technology, The Art Prize Choice Award Winner Roberto Grosso merges painting, digital media, music and augmented reality, in order to create an immersive experience. The intention is to create a space for the viewer to engage intimately with the artwork and the music; a place that is akin to being simultaneously in a gallery space and at a live gig.

Starting with the selection of music as inspiration, the artist creates an image, often by commissioning a photographer and model. He then creates a series of specific brushstrokes with carefully selected colours, which are then digitised and put together to construct an abstract version of the original image. With the augmented reality art tool, Artivive, Grosso deconstructs the composition of his brushstrokes in 3D, revealing his artistic process to the soundtrack of the musical inspiration and allows the viewer to move around in the space.

Each artwork and music portrays struggle and survival, from beautifully tragic with hints of acceptance and also strength, seen with “Fell on Black Days”, to worry and drama that finishes with optimism in “He Knows Everything”. This exhibition reminds us that we aren’t alone in our conflicts, and art and music can give us strength to break through, to survive and grow.

About the Artist
Roberto Grosso is an Italian new media artist working across painting, digital media, music and augmented reality. Following a degree in design, he has worked as creative designer for Yahoo, MySpace and Hogarth Worldwide.

He has exhibited in London, New York and Italy, with Art Below, Espacio Gallery, Hoxton Arches, D Contemporary, and Artrooms at the Meliá White House.

You can see more of his art at www.robertogrosso.com

About the Art Prize
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The competition offers every artist the chance to benefit professionally from their submission by providing access to career development talks and events during the submission period, early entry feedback and promotion to our growing audience, which includes galleries, art professionals and collectors.

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