Doha: Even with COVID-19, art lovers in Doha and around the world can enjoy the work by celebrated American contemporary artist Brian Donnelly, more famously known as KAWS, with his newly released edition of “Companion (Expanded).”

This augmented reality (AR) sculpture is an additional artwork to KAWS’ “Expanded Holiday” project launched two weeks ago which consisted of a free exhibition of 12 monumental AR sculptures in major cities around the world including Doha, as well as limited and open editions of AR works, all visible via the Acute Art app.

“Companion (Expanded)” can be enjoyed and placed at home or anywhere using the Acute Art app. The 45cm time-limited AR work is available free of charge thru April 15 by downloading the app.

“Given the current situation with COVID-19 we do not encourage the gathering of people but instead propose that you enjoy this small version of Companion (Expanded) for free in the comfort of your own space,” said KAWS.

With over 100,000 downloads in the first 24 hours after it was launched, KAWS’ latest project was met with overwhelming response from art lovers around the world.

“I am completely overwhelmed and thankful for the way my project has been embraced and love seeing all the photos being uploaded so please keep them coming. THANK YOU!! Stay Safe!’ added KAWS.
For his latest project, KAWS has teamed up with Acute Art which uniquely provides leading artists access to cutting-edge technologies allowing these artists to translate their creative vision into digital mediums, including virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.

“ Acute Art was founded on the vision of democratising art and bringing it to places where it could not be before. It’s always been our ambition to reach audiences outside of the art world’s traditional institutions. In these difficult times, our aspiration has gained new relevance and urgency. The new work by KAWS is offered to anyone, anywhere for free until April 15. We hope you take good care of yourselves,” said Jacob De Geer, CEO, Acute Art.

KAWS has emerged as a truly international artist through his appeal to diverse audiences across the globe. His signature imagery is easily recognizable, and through his strategies of appropriation, he has developed an oeuvre that transcends genres and defies all hierarchies.. His prolific body of work straddles the worlds of art and design and include paintings, murals, sculptures of all sizes, graphic and product design, advertising intervention, and now augmented reality.

Known in Doha for his colossal “Small Lie” sculpture unveiled at the Hamad International Airport two years ago, KAWS recently marked his first Middle East museum exhibition at the Fire Station.

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