I installed the installation I started in March this week. I wanted to make a time lapse video of the process to show how the piece grew out from the center. Unfortunately, I was just taking pictures from my phone without a fixed tripod and it is a mess. Rookie mistake. But I had fun making the video.
It all started with some ideas I was playing with from earlier blog posts-- "Lou. Eliasson. Biomorphic Studies" and "Corners". I worked out a beading algorithm that would start curling up as it expanded. I knew I wanted to do an installation that grew from the corner of the floor and decided to grow it using the digits of "e" assigned to cracks and planes of the walls. I wanted to get something that felt like it was growing rather than having to artificially decide where every piece went.
It's really late. I am going to throw some shots from today below and turn in. I did not use the number e for the smaller wall pieces. However, I will design a pattern using e for "Outgrowth 2", which I will start on after I finish taking pictures of OG1.
Added Sept. 19, 2020:
'Outgrowth Figure 1' was a temporary wall mural installed in early August 2020 made from the components I was making for a larger installation, 'Outgrowth 1.' It was a good way to get familiar with the temporary adhesives and work out how I was going to build things in the Outgrowth Series. The series is designed for temporary site-specific installations in galleries and outdoor seasonal exhibits. The components of the series are made out of woven glass and reflective acrylic beads.
The shapes of the components grow using the same algorithm. The larger pieces with more beads take on obvious hyperbolic, organic shapes. En masse the components appear to be growing colonies of climbing lichen or lush moss.
Negative space embellished figures from the 'Outgrowth' series can be interactive. If the mural is created on a light-colored wall with a strong light source behind, visitors' shadows will be cast onto the wall and animate the negative-space figures. The light source also makes the luminous reflective beads shine as the shadows pass beyond them.
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