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Fightin' Fires

Glass, C-print
2014
 Fightin' Fires

We’ve been melting back the Polar Eternities sincewe discovered fire.

The oldest Arctic sea ice is comprised of freshwater.

The counties highlighted on the map are most likelyto experience an extreme decrease in AvailablePrecipitation, in the next 50 years.

“Available Precipitation” is precipitation availablefor human use - renewable water not consumedthrough evaporation and plant transpiration.

Topio: Digital Video Coffee Table

Maple wood with black stain, tempered glass, commercial Samsung screen in custom enclosure, digital file on CF card
2013
Artwork by collisi1

The first digital video fine art coffee table. A hit at SCOPE: Miami Beach in December 2013, the piece features my digital video work: Bora Bora: Palm Fronds. Based on original footage shot in Bora Bora, the regular leaf structure of palms trees and strong island lighting help create endless geometric investigation of the green palette. (Other videos can also be shown.)

The table is a custom-made hard-wood fully functional piece of furniture. Topio (from the Greek word for landscape) takes my “modern landscapes” art work off the wall and out of “TV mode” to become the center of a room and integrate with its environment. The embedded screen is a custom-made professional signage design with commercial screen that can run flat and run 24/7. No remote controls needed. Dimming knob under table.

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The Alchemist

Aluminum, wood, mirrored glass, Acrylic plastic, LEDs, Teflon/copper wire
2014
Artwork by collisi1

A geometrically perfect sphere of moving, glowing light is projected to appear to sit two feet outside a small cube atop a pedestal. The imaginary form, not unlike a hologram, churns and flows as the viewer approaches, like a burning star bursting with ever-changing solar flares. The sphere is an illusion created by what is inside the box, which is itself hard to discern. Like much of my work, this sculpture uses illusion, optic tricks, and a clever use of relatively simple materials to achieve an mesmerizing and otherworldly experience for my viewer.

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I've Been There

Cast glass, C-print
2014
Artwork by collisi1

The figurines are glass castings of 3D scans of the artist. They are situated on opposing sides of a boundary between two mutually-inclusive states (light/dark, tropical/polar, life/death).

I was in Japan for New Year’s Day, which is a personal boundary for all of us.

Though having returned to the United States, I feel like I’m still in Japan.

Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu!

Fragile Pathway

glass, phosphors, xenon gas, electronics
2013
Fragile Pathway

This new piece is the result of 9 months of development and is still a part of a process toward a new expressive form. Physically, its a flat panel gas discharge device that is quite bright, very colorful and kinetic in many new interesting ways.

Arctic Sea Ice in Glass

Glass, video, still images
2012
Arctic Sea Ice in Glass
Arctic Sea Ice in Glass @COLLISION18:present

This project began in the context of boundaries, and the edges of existence.  By the Fall of 2010, after reading a couple of books involving exploration of unknown environments, watching hours of footage from lunar exploration missions, and venturing to the New England coast at night in the depth of winter, I had acknowledged an affinity for being at boundaries that may be considered primordial, null, or serving spaces so vast and different that we're overwhelmed by the sense of being there, where winds blow across a nearly discontinuous gradient. When I was invited to participate in the 2011 Arctic Circle Residency, the chance to continue a polar trajectory to the boundary between tropical culture and the Polar Eternities presented itself.

I brought along few expectations other than to observe, and to enjoy the liberties inherent in doing so with whatever additional tools I found even remotely useful, such as 3D scanning. It's used primarily as a means to an end, such as for rapid prototyping, and in this case, documentation and cloning of what would be considered fossils.  Scanning Arctic ice was considered part of the observation process, and a way of translating ephemeral matter into a relatively permanent context, or simply replicating it in its own ephemeral material.

The scanning system I built was very simple, using DAVID laser scanning software that connected to a camera and laser mounted on a tripod.  In testing the system at various scales and levels of crudeness, errors revealed the interesting and peculiar nature of how the system saw the world presented to it.  An obvious analogy is slit-scan photography of dimensions Y (or X)  and time, with 3D scanning simply adding the depth dimension. One can, of course, scan motionless objects and record a realistic 3D surface or object, like I did with Arctic sea ice.

Despite numerous unexpected technical obstacles, I was able to scan palm-sized pieces of Arctic sea ice retrieved from two locations around Svalbard.  These scans were used in "Shunyatan Flow" (2011), a 3D animation describing a wind driven by temperature and ego.  Last August, I was able to 3D-print an ice tray of the scanned Arctic sea ice forms, from which I made wax positives for feeding the glass casting process, and then six cast glass replicas.  Despite being about half the size of the originals (due to 3D printer limitations), they otherwise look and feel just like the originals. The images featured in this installation are from a recent trip to Barrow, Alaska, of the glass Arctic sea ice returning to the Arctic Ocean (literally - I lost one while taking pictures).

Where Does Mass of a Tree come from?

glass, electronics, carbon dioxide gas
2012
Artwork by [user-name]

Where Does Mass of a Tree Come From? is a blown glass tree filled with carbon dioxide which, when energized, produces a light well known for at least a short period in the early 1900’s but largely unknown today. As the piece runs the carbon will slowly be sequestered into the piece reducing its pressure and changing the look of the piece.

It's of vital importance today to be able to answer the question posed by the title of this piece: Where does the mass of a tree come from?  This carbon tree is part of the living cycle of energy and mass that today appears to be out of balance and increasingly to threaten the very existence of life on the planet if things go as they have in the past.

Jacob's Ladder

metal stands, clamps, glass tubes, custom electronics
2012
Artwork by [user-name]

Remember the old Frankenstein movies?

Paradigm II

MDF board, Mirrored Tempered glass, clear plate glass, 532nm laser diode, power source, aluminum and plastic armature.
2012

 

Light is the medium in which I am most interested. I make apparatus that I use to shift, refract, bend and reflect my light to create the atmospheric effects which are my pieces in sculpture. In a recent series of mine, Paradigm, I transform this light to fill a structured volume of space with a dynamic three-dimensional projection. In entering my space, viewer is thrown into a mesmerizing and otherworldly expanse, as relationships of individual point of ethereal light evolve and coalesce in reaction movement. 

The effect, although reached through relatively simple means, produces a three- dimensional image which is felt more that it is seen, spilling out of the great volume of the sculpture and filling the entire space in which it is seen. 

Not only does the work bring the view to question the materials and forms I use to create the effect and illusion, it also brings a precise sort of awareness to the space that it is seen in. How one understands their vision is poignantly brought to the fore as the universal is seen thought the particular. By bringing the viewer into a place of more acute perception, my installations seek to elevate my viewers’ consciousness as they experience a space and their sense in a new way.

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mesmer winter

flame-worked glass, phosphors and inert gas with electronic power supply
2010
Artwork by [user-name]
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