The following images are part of my work exploring light from a direct source.
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Piece 1: This first piece was a collaboration using the LED strip pictured here.
A small rigging-device was created and the light source produced not only the shadow's umbra, but also the penumbra. This was beautiful to play with.
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My thoughts as we developed and performed this. The music-inspired shadow play performance in this video, tells a story echoing that of Fritz Lang's, "Metropolis." The shadows evoke memories of Communist propoganda decrying the division between social classes while the music barks orders at the proletariat masses. This reminds us that the use of technology as an instrument of oppression by elite, capitalist demagogues is ever-present.
Piece 2: Other exploration involved various materials to effect the light. Here a blue glove was used, as well as colored paper.
An interesting effect was created when these abstract shapes were taken out of context.
At lower resolution there was an interesting, flattening effect that occured.
And further, when printed on acrylic, a 3-dimensional quality was produced – an indefinite depth was added to the image.