As part of his on going research into the relationships between psychology and our physical environments, Pasquarelli immersed himself  into the homes of hoarders and people with organizational obsessive compulsions. Relics grew out of his interviews with hoarders. Seeking to understand the hoarders desire to hold onto broken objects that no longer serve their function, Pasquarelli learned that it was either memories or past events associated with the object that kept the hoarder from letting it go. Relics also utilizes augmented reality.   continued below...

  Relics  2017, 18" x 14" ea., quadtritych, oil on linen, 4 augmented reality 30 sec video components

Relics 2017, 18" x 14" ea., quadtritych, oil on linen, 4 augmented reality 30 sec video components

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  Relics , Quadriptych, 2017, 18" x 14" ea., Oil on Linen

Relics, Quadriptych, 2017, 18" x 14" ea., Oil on Linen


  Relics  (photograph). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)

Relics (photograph). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)


  Relics  (vase). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)

Relics (vase). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)


  Relics  (mug). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)

Relics (mug). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen,  (AR component below)


  Relics  (photograph). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen (AR component below)

Relics (photograph). 2017, 18" x 14", oil on linen (AR component below)


 

Relics also contains an augmented reality component. Pasquarelli created four 30 second films, one for each object, representing a memory or event associated with the object. The films are simple, with minimal or no editing. They are not meant to be movies, but rather, to represent a thought. To activate the augmented reality, one points a smart phone up to the painting, using a special app, which launches the film directly over the painting. The paintings go from being inanimate to being animate, demonstrating the ways in which physical objects can be portals to the past.