Appearance 3 is a digitally manipulated found photograph, augmented with an abstract 3D form created by the artist in Photoshop. In this work, van den Dorpel inserts his own vision into a banal, non-place landscape; adding color and dimension to an otherwise nondescript scene. In the age of augmented reality, any physical space becomes a playground for creators—allowing them to transform even the most seemingly mundane or cryptic environments into rich, three-dimensional canvases for exploration. What results is a new world emerging through the digital, one that is created by artists and made real via recirculation through the metaverse.
– text by Wade Wallerstein