The experience of viewing KVANT-1’s otherworldly digital art photo series, ‘The Temple’ can be likened to entering a futuristic alien-like world, where the unexpected is celebrated. KVANT-1 is a multidisciplinary design studio in Bergen, Norway newly formed by Vegard Aarseth, Nicholas O’Leary, and Jan-Erik Sletten.
A series of shimmering, blood-red crystals fall from the ceiling, creating a cave-like structure. Two figures, clocked in black sit like ants, shrunken by the vastness of the objects suspended above them.
Another image of this digital art series features a cavernous rock formation whose red body glows a vivid red. A singular stairwell traverses the curving gap, allowing the otherworldly, alien-like figures to disappear into the carved rock.
The trio describes their practice as one that is “curious, playful, and finds comfort in the realm of the unconventional.” Their digital art series ‘The temple’ is no exception. The team was inspired by “tales of the orient, stories of pyramids, and everyone’s favorite archaeology professor turned treasure hunter, Indiana Jones” when creating the images.
“An ode to both mystery and understanding and ultimately, to the imagination.”
The team explains this imaginative, speculative modern art series was largely based around a collection of projects they undertook in isolated, arid locations. The raw landscapes brought a new perspective to the Norwegian studio, providing them with a new digital photography experience from which is draw inspiration.