The Wild Within
The Wild Within is a series of digital artworks that bring new life into abandoned buildings from a bygone era.
Based on real-world physical spaces, an animated rebirth into a digital realm has been created.
Ryan Koopmans & his partner Alice Wexell visited different locations around the world over several years, exploring ruins and photographing structures that have undergone dramatic transition.
Upon returning, they digitally introduced vegetation, modified the structure and lighting, and animated the scenes with the intention of reviving the empty spaces, essentially bringing life back into the rooms.
The results are a surreal collision between the past and future, natural and manmade, physical and digital, and the real and imaginary.
The aim of the artwork is to create a sense of surreal tranquility whilst referencing the themes of architectural history, urban exploration, and the resurgence of nature.
Many of the buildings depicted in The Wild Within have been demolished in recent years, further emphasizing the theme of time passing in the cycle of growth and decay.
The first mint of The Wild Within occurred on March 24, 2021, with a focus on the Georgian town of Tskaltubo.
This began the genesis chapter of a project that has been widely celebrated, exhibited and acquired by some of the World's premier collectors of digital art.
Chapter 3: Symphony
Chapter 2: Everlasting
Chapter 1: The Wild Within Genesis
The Wild Within x Collaborations
Ryan Koopmans (BA, MFA) is a Canadian-Dutch lens-based artist interested in the built environment and the societies that are shaped by those environments. Since 2007 he has worked as a full-time professional artist and photographer. His book Vantage, published in 2020, depicts surreal structures in our world’s megacities and urban landscapes. Koopmans' artwork is collected & exhibited worldwide and has been featured by WIRED, Architectural Digest, CNN, Vogue, GQ, The Guardian, Mercedes-Benz & many more.
Alice Wexell is a Swedish 3D artist and photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is interested in experiencing and creating surreal environments through new technologies. Wexell has worked around the world on digital art and photography projects, as well as assignments for the world's top brands, with Koopmans for the past decade.
Exhibitions of The Wild Within
2023 - Miami, USA - Faena Forum at Art Basel Miami Beach presented by Christie's New York
2023 - Dubai, UAE - Christie's Art Auction House and Exhibition Space