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Nicolas Sassoon: Liquid Landscapes

Nicolas Sassoon's hypnotic animated art evokes the beauty of major geographic sites across Surrey.

Inspired by photographs of key geographic sites around Surrey—such as Redwood Park, Nicomekl River, and Serpentine Fen—new media artist Nicolas Sassoon has imagined a series of hypnotic animations for UrbanScreen. Changing every night, the animations invoke rippling reflections, flowing waves, and the growth and decay of foliage, all rendered in a limited but vibrant colour palette informed by each location as well as a retro, pixelated look of early web design. Liquid Landscapes illustrates how data visualization methods both represent the natural world and abstract from it.

Sassoon’s practice translates ideas of materiality and immateriality into digital animations, installations, prints, and sculptures. His research often leads him to engage in cross-disciplinary projects in the fields of architecture, electronic music, textiles, and art. Sassoon is currently based in Vancouver, and his work has been exhibited at galleries and festivals across the globe.

An essay by Surrey Art Gallery Assistant Curator Rhys Edwards will be published online about Liquid Landscapes, as part of the Surrey Art Gallery Presents series.

Join us for our fall opening reception, where we will celebrate the launch of Liquid Landscapes, and then later in the week for a talk with the artist.

Image credit: Nicolas Sassoon, Boundary Bay, still from Liquid Landscapes, 2018, a site-specific digital animation for Surrey UrbanScreen. Image courtesy of the artist.