First there was a blank sheet of paper. Carte blanche.
My work questions these personal observations and forces me to look beyond the digital frame.
In the crazy whirly moments before we left for our road trip / holiday last year I managed to prepare some pocket lens prototypes. They needed to come with! To be tested in new environments!
Pocket Lenses developed over years. They have become an analogue synonym of our digitally engaged society.
Lenses were a natural conclusion to the work I do. Sculpting solid (and sometimes blown) glass by grinding and polishing I invoke light to do crazy things. Light is all around us. It is the substance (or wave) that informs us of our surrounding, bouncing off everything we see.
Some light is also emitted, such as the screen you are reading this on – looking into a “window”. Looking through glass. Looking beyond the surface…
Before I get carried away by the etherial and profound lets get back to the Pocket Lenses.
One of my first iterations on the theme of looking and being seen predated smart phones. Mask and Mask Blue questioned the experience of looking through the “mask lens” and being seen looking through the “mask lens”. This was a very intentional play to engage the spectator in becoming an active part of these sculptures.
Steel handles UV-bonded on the sides of the masks encouraged the viewer to lift the sculpture off of the stand. Once the mask is held to your face to peer through your arms and elbows complete the suggested shape; to complete the sculptural concept by uniting the participant with the object and transforming these into the “full picture” – which in turn is what the surrounding spectators see and experience.
More than ten years later the world has evolved into an ever more inter-connected landscape in which individuals are peering into hand held glass lenses, looking at the world and showing the world their perspective, digitally.
Pocket Lenses are the next generation of interactive sculptural interventions, bringing the here and now closer to your immediate experience.
“As with much of my work I play with the idea of these digitized images/experiences against analogue realtime distortions of our contiguous spaces.”
A device so cunningly crafted it will open your mind to alternate possibilities. A portal to absorb your attention, make you look at the cosmos and the cosmos at you like never before.
Making art is an indescribable urge to create something, to see where it can lead. Art breaks the norm as it empowers me to bring to life an idea from within myself. This idea then manifests itself in a physical object which in turn has the potential to be shared with the world.
Their interactive work speaks to our relation of perception in this digitized era. Through visual feedback loops and strategically placed mirrors they question the fragmented image social and digital media presents to us.
The title references a duality, of that what you are seeing being a suggested resemblance of something else, something very familiar in this digital age.
Lets all that plasma from our life-giving fiery orb bring us good vibes and vibrations!!
What I think I am touching on is something ancient. Something as old as humanity or even the human condition itself.