Studio experiments

 
 
‘Cloud capture’ Dichroic polycarbonate, semi-transparent styrene and acrylic box. 13cm x 29cm , 2019

‘Cloud capture’ Dichroic polycarbonate, semi-transparent styrene and acrylic box. 13cm x 29cm , 2019

Cloud capture

As with the light refraction paintings from the ‘Unrest’ series, semi-transparent material is employed to create a realtime light refraction event, similar to the phenomenon often studied in my video works.

The tension held by a shifting image which appears in flux dependant on the angle its viewed from, makes this work interactive and time based; transcending the inactive surface of two dimensional images.

These experiments are studies of the modulation of light waves, and endeavour to find an interim between modes of painting and time based events occurring in nature.

Folded screen study, Aluminium graticule and synthetic polymer.

Folded screen study, Aluminium graticule and synthetic polymer.

Folded Screen

The digital screen is a kind of ‘graticule’; a network of lines representing meridians and parallels on which a map or plan can be represented. ‘Folded screen study’ explores the organic and malleable aspects of the digital screen.

This work began as an experiment with fine mesh as a type of stencil to make colour gradient work with aerosols, the results were effective on the small scale but less so for larger works, however to my surprise the screen its self although an incidental by product of this process presented its own appeal. The painted screen works well as a wall hanging installation in that it breaks away from the static image and interacts with the colour and surface of the wall behind it. ‘Moiré’ effects and variations in colour density occur when viewing the work from different angles, and the subtle nature of the gradient invites inquiry.

‘Portals and Barriers’ Iridescent polycarbonate, composite board plinth and Iridescent fabric., studio installation, 2019

‘Portals and Barriers’ Iridescent polycarbonate, composite board plinth and Iridescent fabric., studio installation, 2019

portals and barriers

The Iridescent material hanging, references the micro structures found on the wings of a Butterfly.

The optical effect of these micro structures and the way they interact with light waves makes the experience transient and difficult to capture as a ‘static’ image.

The circle of iridescent polycarbonate was a playful look at the tension created by gravity and balance when a form appears unstable and precariously placed. An investigation into the materiality of objects and light as a material that interacts with structures.