Actual Reality, a new exhibit created by local artists Carlos Grasso and Peter Fox, examines the present day disconnect between virtual and actual reality. Opening June 1st, 2019 at the Museum of Ventura County, the exhibit challenges the viewer to experience what is real and not real through a series of tangible, three-dimensional art (plus a whole immersive room experience) that is intended to stimulate and provoke an appreciation for reality.
“The cyber-world has its advantages, but what are we losing if the ease of entering the virtual world supplants what we know as the hard work of living an actual life?” questions Fox.
Grasso and Fox both utilize diverse found objects as ingredients in their art. Grasso considers hand-cut shredded pieces of canvas, rusty sheets of metal, or scraps of wood, the ‘blood and bones’ of his creations. Fox adds the element of humor to help us navigate the ‘complex absurdity of … existence’.