In 2004 I was invited to develop a proposal for an installation space at The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. My first ideas were focused my memories of early morning sunlight and the refraction that occurs when this light hits the morning dew that collects on grasses. My intentions involved the making of thousands of glass objects, developing a sound track, and producing a video. I discussed this plan with a couple of students who were also part of a team who helped me make glass. These three installations, Quantum, Penumbra, and Gravity, began as a discussion for a plan and collaboration between three friends.
Our intention was to create a series of installations that would inspire memories of the power and intimacy of natural phenomena. An essential part of this creative search was to find a way to engage an aspect of light with the capacity to change, move and develop with time. We were looking for a vehicle to suggest cosmic energy. We developed a plan that made light essential to the experience. A digital projection was employed to create a cycle of time and energy evolution, within a massive framework of erupting lifelike transparent forms.
Our digital images were developed through our fieldwork in nature at particular times of the day. We searched and tested many aspects and forces of nature with video and audio recordings. We considered everyday notions of planetary and celestial movement throughout daily and monthly cycles. We found most of the information to be romantic and obvious. The video for these installations incorporate reflected solar light and random particles that constantly move in directional patterns around us. They are basic, simple yet dynamic, and are recorded from nature. The images have their own speed, rhythm and intensity. As this light engages the space, the field and beyond, it seems to surpass its natural qualities and it becomes an unexpected dynamic force. The light and sound engage the field of glass to create a vast surface and form of energized transparent symbols that converge with the space to create recollections of cosmic interaction.
QUANTUM, was created and installed in 2005 at The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington DE.
PENUMBRA was created and installed in 2006 for the Sardoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre PA.