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Lucidus

PMMA Lens, gearmotor, mount, and light
2014
Lucidus

Lucidus, latin for “clear”, “full of light”, or “perspicuous”, is here personified by the ghost of an ancient philosopher. He is conjured from a beam of light by a smooth clear lens that I have shaped to rearrange light rays into an image. As the lens turns, Lucidus distorts and ultimately dissolves into caustics -- folds of light -- like those one sees at the bottom of a pool or fountain on a sunny day. Then the caustics coalesce to form a lucid image again, but only briefly -- all is evanescent.

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Pick-up Sticks

Wooden shelves, pickup sticks game, light, graphite block, lens
2013
Pick-up Sticks

surveyed by live projection through a small lens onto a block of polished graphite. The projection onto the graphite is inverted, but very recognizable as the players hand and the game being played. The quality of the projected image is strange and exquisite.

The intention of the work is to mediate the interaction between players of this dexterity game, and to mediate thier noticing of the strange mediation. The other intention is to present the entire piece, players included, as a work of art.

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