Royal Virtuale’s Tumblr reads like a Haruki Murakami novel or a Shlohmo song.
Everything is minimal. There is a strict cast of Japanese Hirigana and Kanji, juxtaposed against Roman and Renaissance nudes as well as Mac and Windows idiosyncrasies and line work.
Everything is reduced to its base elements, an artwork titled ‘Gold Digger’ is a simple black rectangle layered over what looks like gold velvet. This use of layering is also prevalent; every artwork has characters layered over lines over photo. A manifesto of geometry and graphics. The Fila logo also features often throughout works such as ‘Shimeri,’ where it is paired with a 3D graphic of a white garden chair.
Royal Virtuale redirects your mind to a stripped back Macbook universe, one which operates without unnecessary opulence, taking the rudimentary elements of an object and showcasing them. In ‘Actually’ two marble statues are shown in an embrace, looking fondly into eachother’s eyes, but they’ve been outlined with blue. The intention is confusing. Is this to separate them? Or to bring them closer together?
Royal Virtuale’s world is enticing, and entirely separate to ours, a neat mediation on Mac culture, minimalism and the self.
Words/ Ruby Giles