Opening September 7
through 10th, 2023
Huntrezz Janos, born and based in Los Angeles, has earned recognition as a visionary artist renowned for her exploration of identity through simulation, augmentation, and worldbuilding. Janos is particularly celebrated for her 3D graphics, animation, and augmented and virtual realities. With a focus on identity, gender, community, and social structures, her digital works challenge conventional perspectives and forge new trajectories for artistic expression in the digital age.
In her multi-layered face filters, Huntrezz weaves an augmented reality mythology of the self. Inspired by the rich history of masks as symbolic narrative devices, the augmented reality face filters introduce fantastical and impossible characters, each representing various real, imagined, and daydreamed scenarios from the artist’s life. Viewers have the opportunity to try these masks on in digital space.
“There are many spaces where I am not valued, or safe to be myself, a black trans woman. My new media work defies those attitudes, by utilizing innovation to share my intersectional perspective and let others share in my diverse forms.” says Janos.
The interactive face filter installation from Janos signals a shift in how we understand public art in the digital age. Each time a collector acquires one of Janos’ social public artworks – originally created in Spark AR and trapped within the proprietary Meta ecosystem – the work is preventatively conserved and converted into open-source websites. This means that the works are available for anyone to access on the web without the need for a log-in or 3rd party data collection – opening up the possibilities of web-based augmented reality public art.
“Chromaviruz (2020) and Hologram Mythography (2019), Huntrezz’s first AR face filter artworks are freed from the Meta platform thanks to the groundbreaking acquisition from The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation. In partnership with the Integrated Design and Media Researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, TRANSFER has led an interventive conservation effort to rebuild the artworks on an open-source pipeline for web-based AR face filters, so the works are open and available to audiences,” says Kelani Nichole, founder of TRANSFER.
Works available from the artist’s first series of face filters will be on view at PHOTOFAIRS NYC from September 7-10, 2023.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Huntrezz Janos (b. 1996, Los Angeles) is an Afro-Hungarian transcorporeal artist known for mediating her inquiry into the layered nature of identity through simulation, augmentation and worldbuilding.
Huntrezz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Animation from the esteemed California Institute of the Arts, and she continues to refine her craft as she pursues a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her works have been showcased and performed at prestigious venues worldwide, including Redcat (Los Angeles), The Modern (Fort Worth), The Athens Biennale AB7:Eclipse (Athens), Tate Britain (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), K Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul), TRANSFER (LA/Miami), NAVEL (Los Angeles), Hunter Shaw Fine Art (Los Angeles), Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles), and Arebyte (London) among numerous others.
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