Would I Lie to You – Trevor Jones
Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
Exhibition running November 4 – 15
Open Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
In highly relevant exhibition at Leith’s Out of the Blue hall, Trevor Jones examines our relationship with truth and the media. “Would I Lie To You? The Art of Politics and Propaganda,” is Jones’ response to the increasing dishonest and manipulative news media. The exhibition, comprised of portrait collages, appears simple on the outset but, utilising Jones’ signature augmented reality technique, has a QR code embedded in the painting which can be recognised via the app “CreativMuse”.
The augmented reality adds a new depth to the work, challenging the viewing through well edited presentations of news highlights, press conferences and further background information on the portrait’s subjects. The result is incredibly powerful, with the combination of technically excellent pieces from Jones and the added depth of the AR is a breath of fresh air.
Having experienced Jones’ work earlier in the year at the UNIONgallery, I thought I knew what to expect. I was surprised, however, by the seamless integration of the technology with the art and by the engaging information of the AR content. The technology used here is more than a gimmick and it is easy to see why many have called Jones a pioneer of augmented reality art in this country.
Overall, the exhibition should not be missed. Given the highly charged political atmosphere of recent days, the exhibition arrives right on time. The space is excellently laid out and the pieces hang excellently in the hall. The exhibition runs until November 15 and the hall is open to view from 10am-5pm. Make sure you see it before it’s gone and don’t forget your phones!