Jeremy Couillard
    Phillips x Daata Artist Commission

    Jeremy Couillard's HOTR Home Furnishing is a mixture of 3D animation, poetry, video games and advertisements and is made in UnrealEngine, the same software used to make the popular game Fortnite. The “story” takes place in an absurdist Utopian future where a cartoony society of aliens have come to Earth to save us from ourselves, getting rid of things like oil, money and income inequality. One of the aliens has an apartment but needs a lamp and goes to HOTR Home Furnishing to shop. In order to get his lamp he has to go on a few quests to get it part by part.

    The video is an exercise in rapid world building, with Couillard creating an entire world that has its own physics, look and logic. With background in painting, Couillard approached the video in a similar way he used to approach painting understanding that the medium has it's own history and ideas behind it that are inescapable but can be played around with. Creating a sort of Utopia is cathartic for Couillard, allowing him to get rid of all the things that give him anxiety in the world.

    Jeremy Couillard recently completed a virtual reality work presented by the New Museum and Rhizome, as well as an installation built around a video game Alien Afterlife at yours mine & ours gallery in New York. He is currently finishing up a two-year long project, Sometimes to Deal With the Difficulty of Being Alive I Need to Believe There Is a Possibility That Life Isn't Real, to premiere later this year.

    See the Jeremy Couillard - Phillips Interview

    Phillips and Daata Editions have partnered to empower and support artists working in digital mediums, and we are pleased to present Jeremy Couillard and Rachel Rossin as the inaugural recipients of our joint commission.

    This initiative continues Phillips' ongoing effort in giving collectors unique opportunities to discover and engage with artists who are using new and emerging technologies to establish the next generation of contemporary art-making.

    This spring and summer, the newly commissioned artworks will premiere in two dedicated exhibitions at Phillips' galleries in New York and will be offered for sale through daata-editions.com.


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