THE FOREVER DREAM
Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, ReBlink is a pioneering and award winning augmented reality art exhibition that reimagines classic paintings for 21st Century. It provides a powerful commentary between past and present through the technological and conceptual juxtaposition of realities. The show garnered well over 300 pieces of international press, a three year extension of a show that was only intended to be a 4 month run and attractive Apple CEO for a personal tour of the show.
A brand new mixed reality art series that explores the nature of time from an emotional, physiological and scientific perspective. The series consists of self contained video art works, and time-released interactive augmented reality works. Via physical gestures, participants can manipulate time its self to explore the hidden stories.
"I’ve been lucky enough to work with Alex on a few projects, and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with him. Alex is full of ideas, has a wonderful imagination and delivers beautiful, original work."
“You’ll never look at a centuries-old oil painting the same way again!”
"Very impressive work!"
"You really MUST experience ReBlink! The exhibit is incredibly thoughtful & well executed. So many hidden details to discover that absolutely delight! A wonderful example of Augmented Reality"
"I took all 200 of our students to the AGO specifically for your exhibit. They loved it. I’ve never seen a group of students more interested in art and more interested in discussing the original art piece as well as the social commentary on your modern twist. It was wonderful. I hope the gallery commissions you to do more as I think it will bring in more and more of our younger generation."
"[ReBlink] far exceeded my expectations… not only in terms of the project itself but the intuitive response most people have about the potential for more."
"Past and present elements mingle on the screen, pushing the visitor to reflect on what has changed and what has remained the same… a stimulating and ironic short circuit that communicates the art of the past with the new generations."
"Alex Mayhew lives and creates in the Multi-Present. Through his art, he sees - and challenges us to see - a multiplicity of possible realities and experiences in the moment. Fixed reality falls away, elements move and evolve and dissolve; relationships are formed and realized, transformations occur before our eyes. With his ReBlink show at the AGO, Alex activates smart devices as windows on a multitude of animated visions of traditional artworks that confront, confound, delight and entertain the viewer. When you gaze through Alex's magic window, you will see the world as he sees it: vivid, liquid, alive with imagination and possibilities; it is the Future that is here with us now."
"a revelation (in every sense). An actual window on other realities, dreams, the imagination, and delight. If you have ever wondered if there are new ways of creating beauty, then you need to see this work."