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Eruptions of Audiovisual Illusions
Inspired by the societal influences volcanoes have on our lives, artist Joanie Lemercier created two projects “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” (2010) and “FUJI” (2014) using a combination of simple and complex audiovisual elements, playing with our depth of field and perception of the installation environment.
In both installations, the artist hand draws the wire-frame scenery to a wall, mimicking the topography of the respective volcanic landscapes. Stereoscopy and shading are used as the key elements which manipulate the audience’s perception of the image before them. The shadows created by the light projections give the illusion of depth within the ridges and points, even distance between mountains, aided by the fluid grid-lines and computer software. The artist himself describes this process as “modifying the perception of things…it is almost like modifying reality”. Lemercier “[plays] around with visual perception [to] trick the senses using optical illusions”, allowing the naturally flat surface and image to take on a three-dimensional forms.
Both examples of audiovisual mapping stem from events that have shaped certain societies, in small and large ways respectively; “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” was created in response to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland in 2010, which restricted travel in almost all of Europe. “FUJI” continues the artists’ exploration of volcanoes, this time Fujiyama in Japan, by incorporating elements of the legend of Kaguya Hime; a 10th-century folk-tale which the artist claims is “a key element in Japanese culture”.
Where the first installation focused on optical illusion and manipulation of audiovisual perception only, “FUJI” does the same, but with the added bonus of narrative. The projection becomes both optical illusion and poetry within its immersive environment.
-Anna Paluch
Eruptions of Audiovisual Illusions
Inspired by the societal influences volcanoes have on our lives, artist Joanie Lemercier created two projects “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” (2010) and “FUJI” (2014) using a combination of simple and complex audiovisual elements, playing with our depth of field and perception of the installation environment.
In both installations, the artist hand draws the wire-frame scenery to a wall, mimicking the topography of the respective volcanic landscapes. Stereoscopy and shading are used as the key elements which manipulate the audience’s perception of the image before them. The shadows created by the light projections give the illusion of depth within the ridges and points, even distance between mountains, aided by the fluid grid-lines and computer software. The artist himself describes this process as “modifying the perception of things…it is almost like modifying reality”. Lemercier “[plays] around with visual perception [to] trick the senses using optical illusions”, allowing the naturally flat surface and image to take on a three-dimensional forms.
Both examples of audiovisual mapping stem from events that have shaped certain societies, in small and large ways respectively; “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” was created in response to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland in 2010, which restricted travel in almost all of Europe. “FUJI” continues the artists’ exploration of volcanoes, this time Fujiyama in Japan, by incorporating elements of the legend of Kaguya Hime; a 10th-century folk-tale which the artist claims is “a key element in Japanese culture”.
Where the first installation focused on optical illusion and manipulation of audiovisual perception only, “FUJI” does the same, but with the added bonus of narrative. The projection becomes both optical illusion and poetry within its immersive environment.
-Anna Paluch
Eruptions of Audiovisual Illusions
Inspired by the societal influences volcanoes have on our lives, artist Joanie Lemercier created two projects “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” (2010) and “FUJI” (2014) using a combination of simple and complex audiovisual elements, playing with our depth of field and perception of the installation environment.
In both installations, the artist hand draws the wire-frame scenery to a wall, mimicking the topography of the respective volcanic landscapes. Stereoscopy and shading are used as the key elements which manipulate the audience’s perception of the image before them. The shadows created by the light projections give the illusion of depth within the ridges and points, even distance between mountains, aided by the fluid grid-lines and computer software. The artist himself describes this process as “modifying the perception of things…it is almost like modifying reality”. Lemercier “[plays] around with visual perception [to] trick the senses using optical illusions”, allowing the naturally flat surface and image to take on a three-dimensional forms.
Both examples of audiovisual mapping stem from events that have shaped certain societies, in small and large ways respectively; “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” was created in response to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland in 2010, which restricted travel in almost all of Europe. “FUJI” continues the artists’ exploration of volcanoes, this time Fujiyama in Japan, by incorporating elements of the legend of Kaguya Hime; a 10th-century folk-tale which the artist claims is “a key element in Japanese culture”.
Where the first installation focused on optical illusion and manipulation of audiovisual perception only, “FUJI” does the same, but with the added bonus of narrative. The projection becomes both optical illusion and poetry within its immersive environment.
-Anna Paluch

Eruptions of Audiovisual Illusions

Inspired by the societal influences volcanoes have on our lives, artist Joanie Lemercier created two projects “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” (2010) and “FUJI” (2014) using a combination of simple and complex audiovisual elements, playing with our depth of field and perception of the installation environment.

In both installations, the artist hand draws the wire-frame scenery to a wall, mimicking the topography of the respective volcanic landscapes. Stereoscopy and shading are used as the key elements which manipulate the audience’s perception of the image before them. The shadows created by the light projections give the illusion of depth within the ridges and points, even distance between mountains, aided by the fluid grid-lines and computer software. The artist himself describes this process as “modifying the perception of things…it is almost like modifying reality”. Lemercier “[plays] around with visual perception [to] trick the senses using optical illusions”, allowing the naturally flat surface and image to take on a three-dimensional forms.

Both examples of audiovisual mapping stem from events that have shaped certain societies, in small and large ways respectively; “EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL” was created in response to the eruption of the volcano in Iceland in 2010, which restricted travel in almost all of Europe. “FUJI” continues the artists’ exploration of volcanoes, this time Fujiyama in Japan, by incorporating elements of the legend of Kaguya Hime; a 10th-century folk-tale which the artist claims is “a key element in Japanese culture”.

Where the first installation focused on optical illusion and manipulation of audiovisual perception only, “FUJI” does the same, but with the added bonus of narrative. The projection becomes both optical illusion and poetry within its immersive environment.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Szymon Kaliski’s “Biomimesis: Hyphae”

Polish artist Szymon Kaliski’s video installation “Biomimesis: Hyphae” (2013) is an interactive motion censored video piece, heavily influenced by fungal growth and the relationship between biology and technology. 

The piece includes abstract lines and minimalist shapes as a representation of the fungus and it’s growths. This simulated fungal growth can be ‘maintained’ by standing in front of the screen. The viewer’s movements act as the food which helps the digital life-form stay alive; no movement means the digital life-form before you begins to decay, and even die. It is a piece that puts a heavy responsibility on the audience; they have the power to create or destroy life, symbolic of the impact we have on both technological advancements and natural devastation (and vice versa). 

The artist uses a modified space colonization algorithm from Cinder Library with a combination of a motion tracking program from OpenCV library to create this piece which combines “fungal growth with cold digital aesthetics”. Open source libraries are amazing wells of resources, and allows for artists of various backgrounds to learn new (and important) skills in our digital age.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Dissolving the Photographic Medium

The materiality of developed film and photographs allows us to not only hold onto people and memories, but create the material objects themselves, connecting us even closer to what is displayed before us. But what happens when the image is purposefully destroyed or altered?

South Korean artist Seung Hwan Oh develops “film matter [with] organic matter” to create “distorted, psychedelic images” which are a result of bacteria interacting with the photo surface. By ‘destroying’ the image, the artist displays a sort of vulnerability of the photographic medium and our memories; if a photograph can be destroyed so easily, does it also destroy the memory it portrayed?

Where Seung Hwan Oh meant to distort the image through biological methods, artist Jennifer Bouchard uses chemicals from Polaroids to “decompose and ‘denaturalize’” the figurative image. Bouchard takes apart the Polaroids by elements, revealing the ‘barebones’ of the chemical reactions needed to create an image. The artist then processes the result to be displayed through digital means, allowing the image to be blown up to larger proportions, as if for study.

Aesthetically, Seung Hwan Oh’s ephemeral pieces look like a combination of digital works and paintings, while Jennifer Bouchard’s work includes a layer of optical dimensions, which makes it seems like strips of fabric have been used to alter the image, rather than chemicals.

These are only a few examples of how bacteria and chemicals have become an artistic medium within contemporary art practises.

Anna Paluch
Dissolving the Photographic Medium

The materiality of developed film and photographs allows us to not only hold onto people and memories, but create the material objects themselves, connecting us even closer to what is displayed before us. But what happens when the image is purposefully destroyed or altered?

South Korean artist Seung Hwan Oh develops “film matter [with] organic matter” to create “distorted, psychedelic images” which are a result of bacteria interacting with the photo surface. By ‘destroying’ the image, the artist displays a sort of vulnerability of the photographic medium and our memories; if a photograph can be destroyed so easily, does it also destroy the memory it portrayed?

Where Seung Hwan Oh meant to distort the image through biological methods, artist Jennifer Bouchard uses chemicals from Polaroids to “decompose and ‘denaturalize’” the figurative image. Bouchard takes apart the Polaroids by elements, revealing the ‘barebones’ of the chemical reactions needed to create an image. The artist then processes the result to be displayed through digital means, allowing the image to be blown up to larger proportions, as if for study.

Aesthetically, Seung Hwan Oh’s ephemeral pieces look like a combination of digital works and paintings, while Jennifer Bouchard’s work includes a layer of optical dimensions, which makes it seems like strips of fabric have been used to alter the image, rather than chemicals.

These are only a few examples of how bacteria and chemicals have become an artistic medium within contemporary art practises.

Anna Paluch
Dissolving the Photographic Medium

The materiality of developed film and photographs allows us to not only hold onto people and memories, but create the material objects themselves, connecting us even closer to what is displayed before us. But what happens when the image is purposefully destroyed or altered?

South Korean artist Seung Hwan Oh develops “film matter [with] organic matter” to create “distorted, psychedelic images” which are a result of bacteria interacting with the photo surface. By ‘destroying’ the image, the artist displays a sort of vulnerability of the photographic medium and our memories; if a photograph can be destroyed so easily, does it also destroy the memory it portrayed?

Where Seung Hwan Oh meant to distort the image through biological methods, artist Jennifer Bouchard uses chemicals from Polaroids to “decompose and ‘denaturalize’” the figurative image. Bouchard takes apart the Polaroids by elements, revealing the ‘barebones’ of the chemical reactions needed to create an image. The artist then processes the result to be displayed through digital means, allowing the image to be blown up to larger proportions, as if for study.

Aesthetically, Seung Hwan Oh’s ephemeral pieces look like a combination of digital works and paintings, while Jennifer Bouchard’s work includes a layer of optical dimensions, which makes it seems like strips of fabric have been used to alter the image, rather than chemicals.

These are only a few examples of how bacteria and chemicals have become an artistic medium within contemporary art practises.

Anna Paluch

Dissolving the Photographic Medium

The materiality of developed film and photographs allows us to not only hold onto people and memories, but create the material objects themselves, connecting us even closer to what is displayed before us. But what happens when the image is purposefully destroyed or altered?

South Korean artist Seung Hwan Oh develops “film matter [with] organic matter” to create “distorted, psychedelic images” which are a result of bacteria interacting with the photo surface. By ‘destroying’ the image, the artist displays a sort of vulnerability of the photographic medium and our memories; if a photograph can be destroyed so easily, does it also destroy the memory it portrayed?

Where Seung Hwan Oh meant to distort the image through biological methods, artist Jennifer Bouchard uses chemicals from Polaroids to “decompose and ‘denaturalize’” the figurative image. Bouchard takes apart the Polaroids by elements, revealing the ‘barebones’ of the chemical reactions needed to create an image. The artist then processes the result to be displayed through digital means, allowing the image to be blown up to larger proportions, as if for study.

Aesthetically, Seung Hwan Oh’s ephemeral pieces look like a combination of digital works and paintings, while Jennifer Bouchard’s work includes a layer of optical dimensions, which makes it seems like strips of fabric have been used to alter the image, rather than chemicals.

These are only a few examples of how bacteria and chemicals have become an artistic medium within contemporary art practises.

Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Cyber TraditionsContemporary Odawa artist Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.
“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.
The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.
-Anna Paluch
Cyber TraditionsContemporary Odawa artist Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.
“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.
The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.
-Anna Paluch
Cyber TraditionsContemporary Odawa artist Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.
“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.
The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.
-Anna Paluch
Cyber TraditionsContemporary Odawa artist Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.
“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.
The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.
-Anna Paluch
Cyber TraditionsContemporary Odawa artist Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.
“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.
The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.
-Anna Paluch

Cyber Traditions

Contemporary Odawa artist 
Barry Ace works with tradition and technology, creating inter-connectivity between history, tradition, and innovation, using computer components to speak to both electronic and cultural connections specifically among the Anishinaabeg. The artists’ work incorporates the machine into the manmade; natural motifs share the artists’ space with digital materials to stimulate cultural and social connections in order to “map out a new Anishinaabeg cyber-territory”. 

The works of Ace, such as “Urban Bustle” (2013), “Bandolier” (2011), “Healing Dance 2” (2013) , “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” (2014) and “Parallel Tasking” (2000) all incorporate culturally specific designs with that of found computer parts to create cross-cultural assemblages. Through the process of traditional craft, the artist is able to bring a tangible representation of digital imagery, and a contemporary aesthetic to floral motifs normally made with glass beads, which have been replaced with circuits, transistors, capacitors and resistors.

“Parallel Tasking” is a work comprising of a fully beaded vest with computer parts and a headdress representing the Great Lakes cultures. The computer parts on the back of the vest are juxtaposed with traditional beadwork on the front creating a metaphor, as the artist states, of “electronic paths that link us as Anishinaabeg in the urban landscape”. “Bandolier” also incorporates the traditional, and sacred, with a digital aesthetic, commenting on the tenacity of the Anishinaabeg of adapting “to rapid change while maintaining a distinct and unique sensibility, aesthetic and spirituality”. The digital age in fact, does not destroy tradition and culture, but allows for a new aesthetic. The heart of the work is still there, such as in the work “Urban Bustle”. A replica of a traditional Plains dance bustle worn by powwow dancers uses found objects, natural materials, a digital screen, glass beads, and electronic components, to name a few. What is specifically significant about this piece is that the screen portrays a black and white, silent archival film from the 1920’s (from Library and Archives Canada) of a powwow from Wikiwemikong on Manitoulin Island. There is a text attached to the work which reads “an unadulterated cultural expression on borrowed colonial media” which is a direct jab at the anthropological idea that those who still uphold traditional practices are somehow “tainted…unauthentic” when using technology. On the contrary, Barry Ace’s works prove there is no cultural erasure with technology. The only erasure referenced in any of these works, is in “Nigik Makizinan – Otter Moccasins” which reference traditional otter moccasins that had trail dusters attached to the heel to wipe away the wearers footprints. The artist’s contemporary take symbolises rather, the erasure of digital identity, bringing up issues of surveillance and the cyber trail we leave behind. The traditional in this work is used as a starting point to talk about contemporary issues. Finally, the work “Healing Dance 2” presents traditional medicinal plants and flowers with strong healing qualities, alongside energy retaining capacitors, showing correlation between two cultures. “Healing Dance 2” creates a bridge between traditional cultures and the digital one.

The artist’s work allows us to see beauty in the mechanical, and also think about cultural innovations; how we do not have to sacrifice our identity in order to be contemporary and innovative. Tradition and technology can coexist together, both helping the other to flourish in today’s digital age.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Witness by Troy Moth

The eerie and somewhat dystopian works of Troy Moth in his “Witness” photo series mimics a sort of dreamlike world, foggy and mysterious. The true meaning behind Moth’s work is far less fantastical; the artist’s photos depict a world post-oil spill, directly referencing the devastating impact of such an occurrence on Canadian soil.

The artists work is meant to be a sobering reminder of what could be lost. Moth constructs tableaus of scenes, in which he searches for the beauty among the devastation, hoping, as the artist states, “that the earth is stronger than we give her credit for, and more persistent”. 

This environmentally themed work should help create discussions amongst, not only the environmentally conscious, but also amongst all those who would be effected by such a tragedy. Is it possible to transport fuel without a possibility of devastating the environment? Will the consequences to our ecosystem be irreversible? Perhaps even, Moth’s work can help continue the discussion of the benefits in using more sustainable energies.

 Moth’s work is currently being exhibited at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six until October 5.

-Anna Paluch
Witness by Troy Moth

The eerie and somewhat dystopian works of Troy Moth in his “Witness” photo series mimics a sort of dreamlike world, foggy and mysterious. The true meaning behind Moth’s work is far less fantastical; the artist’s photos depict a world post-oil spill, directly referencing the devastating impact of such an occurrence on Canadian soil.

The artists work is meant to be a sobering reminder of what could be lost. Moth constructs tableaus of scenes, in which he searches for the beauty among the devastation, hoping, as the artist states, “that the earth is stronger than we give her credit for, and more persistent”. 

This environmentally themed work should help create discussions amongst, not only the environmentally conscious, but also amongst all those who would be effected by such a tragedy. Is it possible to transport fuel without a possibility of devastating the environment? Will the consequences to our ecosystem be irreversible? Perhaps even, Moth’s work can help continue the discussion of the benefits in using more sustainable energies.

 Moth’s work is currently being exhibited at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six until October 5.

-Anna Paluch
Witness by Troy Moth

The eerie and somewhat dystopian works of Troy Moth in his “Witness” photo series mimics a sort of dreamlike world, foggy and mysterious. The true meaning behind Moth’s work is far less fantastical; the artist’s photos depict a world post-oil spill, directly referencing the devastating impact of such an occurrence on Canadian soil.

The artists work is meant to be a sobering reminder of what could be lost. Moth constructs tableaus of scenes, in which he searches for the beauty among the devastation, hoping, as the artist states, “that the earth is stronger than we give her credit for, and more persistent”. 

This environmentally themed work should help create discussions amongst, not only the environmentally conscious, but also amongst all those who would be effected by such a tragedy. Is it possible to transport fuel without a possibility of devastating the environment? Will the consequences to our ecosystem be irreversible? Perhaps even, Moth’s work can help continue the discussion of the benefits in using more sustainable energies.

 Moth’s work is currently being exhibited at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six until October 5.

-Anna Paluch

Witness by Troy Moth

The eerie and somewhat dystopian works of Troy Moth in his “Witness” photo series mimics a sort of dreamlike world, foggy and mysterious. The true meaning behind Moth’s work is far less fantastical; the artist’s photos depict a world post-oil spill, directly referencing the devastating impact of such an occurrence on Canadian soil.

The artists work is meant to be a sobering reminder of what could be lost. Moth constructs tableaus of scenes, in which he searches for the beauty among the devastation, hoping, as the artist states, “that the earth is stronger than we give her credit for, and more persistent”.

This environmentally themed work should help create discussions amongst, not only the environmentally conscious, but also amongst all those who would be effected by such a tragedy. Is it possible to transport fuel without a possibility of devastating the environment? Will the consequences to our ecosystem be irreversible? Perhaps even, Moth’s work can help continue the discussion of the benefits in using more sustainable energies.

Moth’s work is currently being exhibited at Ottawa’s Studio Sixty Six until October 5.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch
Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch
Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch
Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch
Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch
Cartographic Assemblages
Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.
Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.
The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.
Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.
Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.
-Anna Paluch

Cartographic Assemblages

Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.

Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.

The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.

Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.

Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!
Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!
Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!
Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!
Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!
Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.
Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.
But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!
- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!

Outer-site Art

Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma doesn’t appear to believe in doing things by halves. His latest installation looks at the universe, beyond Earth, as a site for appreciating beauty and art. Two pieces, a Japanese white pine bonsai known as the “Shiki 1”, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, were launched into the stratosphere last week in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This is part of project Exobotanica – Botanical Space Flight (see more pictures here), where Azuma heads a 10 person team, coupled with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program”, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.

Azuma is interested in the beauty of organic movement in plants, and how this beauty would be suspended in space as a weightless environment. The objects themselves – the bonsai plant and the flower arrangement, have an almost uneasy juxtaposition in their nature. On the one hand, they are organic, Earth-bound items that send instant connotations to the viewer about the beauty of our natural world, yet both represent a natural world moulded by human hands – the miniaturised tree and the specifically arranged flowers. In the end, they can almost be seen less as art and more as specific examples of Earthly design; an amalgamation of human and mother nature’s architecture, broadcast to the universe beyond.

But equally as stunning is the documentary imagery itself, taken from orbit and brought back to Earth. Oh to see what those blossoms have seen!

- Alinta Krauth 

For more about Makoto’s work with bonsai, see his work previously featured on Art & Science Journal!

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On the Farm, Under the Microscope
Microscopic images can tell us a lot about organisms too small to observe with the naked eye, but studying these organisms does not give us a true image of their form, as lenses and lighting can distort certain elements. Artist Carina Profir focuses on this alteration of specimen by emulating the mechanisms and process of the microscopy in her series On the Farm (2013).
The artist tackles the issue of altered image by photographing livestock, mimicking the microscopic ‘point-of-view’, and stitching together photographs to create an organic flow of multiple specimens. Livestock are very important to studies in microbiology. Most notably, in 1937, veterinarian Max Sterne created a vaccine for live spore anthrax among livestock, which greatly lowered the risk of humans inhaling the bacteria. The photo compositions of Profir are themselves a direct references to slides taken of the Bacillus anthracis microbe. 

By seeing the cows and sheep in a new perspective, it alters our perception of depth and size. The artist herself states, that the work provides a “glimpse into scientific imaging and the expansive duality of scientific truth and fiction”. One can begin to wonder how true microscopic organisms might actually look, without the distortions provided by microscopes. 
-Anna Paluch
On the Farm, Under the Microscope
Microscopic images can tell us a lot about organisms too small to observe with the naked eye, but studying these organisms does not give us a true image of their form, as lenses and lighting can distort certain elements. Artist Carina Profir focuses on this alteration of specimen by emulating the mechanisms and process of the microscopy in her series On the Farm (2013).
The artist tackles the issue of altered image by photographing livestock, mimicking the microscopic ‘point-of-view’, and stitching together photographs to create an organic flow of multiple specimens. Livestock are very important to studies in microbiology. Most notably, in 1937, veterinarian Max Sterne created a vaccine for live spore anthrax among livestock, which greatly lowered the risk of humans inhaling the bacteria. The photo compositions of Profir are themselves a direct references to slides taken of the Bacillus anthracis microbe. 

By seeing the cows and sheep in a new perspective, it alters our perception of depth and size. The artist herself states, that the work provides a “glimpse into scientific imaging and the expansive duality of scientific truth and fiction”. One can begin to wonder how true microscopic organisms might actually look, without the distortions provided by microscopes. 
-Anna Paluch
On the Farm, Under the Microscope
Microscopic images can tell us a lot about organisms too small to observe with the naked eye, but studying these organisms does not give us a true image of their form, as lenses and lighting can distort certain elements. Artist Carina Profir focuses on this alteration of specimen by emulating the mechanisms and process of the microscopy in her series On the Farm (2013).
The artist tackles the issue of altered image by photographing livestock, mimicking the microscopic ‘point-of-view’, and stitching together photographs to create an organic flow of multiple specimens. Livestock are very important to studies in microbiology. Most notably, in 1937, veterinarian Max Sterne created a vaccine for live spore anthrax among livestock, which greatly lowered the risk of humans inhaling the bacteria. The photo compositions of Profir are themselves a direct references to slides taken of the Bacillus anthracis microbe. 

By seeing the cows and sheep in a new perspective, it alters our perception of depth and size. The artist herself states, that the work provides a “glimpse into scientific imaging and the expansive duality of scientific truth and fiction”. One can begin to wonder how true microscopic organisms might actually look, without the distortions provided by microscopes. 
-Anna Paluch
On the Farm, Under the Microscope
Microscopic images can tell us a lot about organisms too small to observe with the naked eye, but studying these organisms does not give us a true image of their form, as lenses and lighting can distort certain elements. Artist Carina Profir focuses on this alteration of specimen by emulating the mechanisms and process of the microscopy in her series On the Farm (2013).
The artist tackles the issue of altered image by photographing livestock, mimicking the microscopic ‘point-of-view’, and stitching together photographs to create an organic flow of multiple specimens. Livestock are very important to studies in microbiology. Most notably, in 1937, veterinarian Max Sterne created a vaccine for live spore anthrax among livestock, which greatly lowered the risk of humans inhaling the bacteria. The photo compositions of Profir are themselves a direct references to slides taken of the Bacillus anthracis microbe. 

By seeing the cows and sheep in a new perspective, it alters our perception of depth and size. The artist herself states, that the work provides a “glimpse into scientific imaging and the expansive duality of scientific truth and fiction”. One can begin to wonder how true microscopic organisms might actually look, without the distortions provided by microscopes. 
-Anna Paluch

On the Farm, Under the Microscope

Microscopic images can tell us a lot about organisms too small to observe with the naked eye, but studying these organisms does not give us a true image of their form, as lenses and lighting can distort certain elements. Artist Carina Profir focuses on this alteration of specimen by emulating the mechanisms and process of the microscopy in her series On the Farm (2013).

The artist tackles the issue of altered image by photographing livestock, mimicking the microscopic ‘point-of-view’, and stitching together photographs to create an organic flow of multiple specimens. Livestock are very important to studies in microbiology. Most notably, in 1937, veterinarian Max Sterne created a vaccine for live spore anthrax among livestock, which greatly lowered the risk of humans inhaling the bacteria. The photo compositions of Profir are themselves a direct references to slides taken of the Bacillus anthracis microbe.

By seeing the cows and sheep in a new perspective, it alters our perception of depth and size. The artist herself states, that the work provides a “glimpse into scientific imaging and the expansive duality of scientific truth and fiction”. One can begin to wonder how true microscopic organisms might actually look, without the distortions provided by microscopes. 

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Personal Planets
When exploring the known universe, some might wonder what new planets we may discover, occupied or uninhabited. Two artists however, Wouter van Buuren and Zainab Hussain have created landscape photographs that turn our own cities into planets, with a Little Prince-esque aesthetic.
The planet-like compositions of van Buuren look like Super Mario Galaxy levels come to life, combining all visible forms into a perfect spherical shape. What was once the downtown core of one city (such as Weert or Shanghai) now becomes its own planet. This composition connotes ideas of our homes being the centre of the universe, where, like the Little Prince, these constructed worlds become our little asteroid or planet on which we live and experience.
Zainab Hussain however, creates more specific planets, such as “West Chapters Planet” (2012), which, according to the artist’s statement, explores “the strip mall environment in suburban areas and our relationship with it”. The artist also plays with the idea of these little worlds, being “first worlds”, existing only to provide convenience. Moving from van Buuren’s urban planets, into Hussain’s suburban planets, the mapping of cities and outlying areas plays on the ideas of comfort and convenience, engulfing us. Apart from planets, the artist has also created holes, inverse images of her planets, acting like voids which suck in all that surrounds them, such as “South Cineplex Hole” (2012). Now, what used to be 360 degrees of familiar comfort becomes 360 degrees of overwhelming commodity.
-Anna Paluch
Personal Planets
When exploring the known universe, some might wonder what new planets we may discover, occupied or uninhabited. Two artists however, Wouter van Buuren and Zainab Hussain have created landscape photographs that turn our own cities into planets, with a Little Prince-esque aesthetic.
The planet-like compositions of van Buuren look like Super Mario Galaxy levels come to life, combining all visible forms into a perfect spherical shape. What was once the downtown core of one city (such as Weert or Shanghai) now becomes its own planet. This composition connotes ideas of our homes being the centre of the universe, where, like the Little Prince, these constructed worlds become our little asteroid or planet on which we live and experience.
Zainab Hussain however, creates more specific planets, such as “West Chapters Planet” (2012), which, according to the artist’s statement, explores “the strip mall environment in suburban areas and our relationship with it”. The artist also plays with the idea of these little worlds, being “first worlds”, existing only to provide convenience. Moving from van Buuren’s urban planets, into Hussain’s suburban planets, the mapping of cities and outlying areas plays on the ideas of comfort and convenience, engulfing us. Apart from planets, the artist has also created holes, inverse images of her planets, acting like voids which suck in all that surrounds them, such as “South Cineplex Hole” (2012). Now, what used to be 360 degrees of familiar comfort becomes 360 degrees of overwhelming commodity.
-Anna Paluch
Personal Planets
When exploring the known universe, some might wonder what new planets we may discover, occupied or uninhabited. Two artists however, Wouter van Buuren and Zainab Hussain have created landscape photographs that turn our own cities into planets, with a Little Prince-esque aesthetic.
The planet-like compositions of van Buuren look like Super Mario Galaxy levels come to life, combining all visible forms into a perfect spherical shape. What was once the downtown core of one city (such as Weert or Shanghai) now becomes its own planet. This composition connotes ideas of our homes being the centre of the universe, where, like the Little Prince, these constructed worlds become our little asteroid or planet on which we live and experience.
Zainab Hussain however, creates more specific planets, such as “West Chapters Planet” (2012), which, according to the artist’s statement, explores “the strip mall environment in suburban areas and our relationship with it”. The artist also plays with the idea of these little worlds, being “first worlds”, existing only to provide convenience. Moving from van Buuren’s urban planets, into Hussain’s suburban planets, the mapping of cities and outlying areas plays on the ideas of comfort and convenience, engulfing us. Apart from planets, the artist has also created holes, inverse images of her planets, acting like voids which suck in all that surrounds them, such as “South Cineplex Hole” (2012). Now, what used to be 360 degrees of familiar comfort becomes 360 degrees of overwhelming commodity.
-Anna Paluch
Personal Planets
When exploring the known universe, some might wonder what new planets we may discover, occupied or uninhabited. Two artists however, Wouter van Buuren and Zainab Hussain have created landscape photographs that turn our own cities into planets, with a Little Prince-esque aesthetic.
The planet-like compositions of van Buuren look like Super Mario Galaxy levels come to life, combining all visible forms into a perfect spherical shape. What was once the downtown core of one city (such as Weert or Shanghai) now becomes its own planet. This composition connotes ideas of our homes being the centre of the universe, where, like the Little Prince, these constructed worlds become our little asteroid or planet on which we live and experience.
Zainab Hussain however, creates more specific planets, such as “West Chapters Planet” (2012), which, according to the artist’s statement, explores “the strip mall environment in suburban areas and our relationship with it”. The artist also plays with the idea of these little worlds, being “first worlds”, existing only to provide convenience. Moving from van Buuren’s urban planets, into Hussain’s suburban planets, the mapping of cities and outlying areas plays on the ideas of comfort and convenience, engulfing us. Apart from planets, the artist has also created holes, inverse images of her planets, acting like voids which suck in all that surrounds them, such as “South Cineplex Hole” (2012). Now, what used to be 360 degrees of familiar comfort becomes 360 degrees of overwhelming commodity.
-Anna Paluch

Personal Planets

When exploring the known universe, some might wonder what new planets we may discover, occupied or uninhabited. Two artists however, Wouter van Buuren and Zainab Hussain have created landscape photographs that turn our own cities into planets, with a Little Prince-esque aesthetic.

The planet-like compositions of van Buuren look like Super Mario Galaxy levels come to life, combining all visible forms into a perfect spherical shape. What was once the downtown core of one city (such as Weert or Shanghai) now becomes its own planet. This composition connotes ideas of our homes being the centre of the universe, where, like the Little Prince, these constructed worlds become our little asteroid or planet on which we live and experience.

Zainab Hussain however, creates more specific planets, such as “West Chapters Planet” (2012), which, according to the artist’s statement, explores “the strip mall environment in suburban areas and our relationship with it”. The artist also plays with the idea of these little worlds, being “first worlds”, existing only to provide convenience. Moving from van Buuren’s urban planets, into Hussain’s suburban planets, the mapping of cities and outlying areas plays on the ideas of comfort and convenience, engulfing us. Apart from planets, the artist has also created holes, inverse images of her planets, acting like voids which suck in all that surrounds them, such as “South Cineplex Hole” (2012). Now, what used to be 360 degrees of familiar comfort becomes 360 degrees of overwhelming commodity.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Landscape Photomontage
Photographing landscapes should not be limited to a simple point and click. There are many different capturing and editing techniques that artists, such as Matt Wisniewski, Keira Gruttner, and Fong Qi Wei, use in order to capture their surroundings through their unique perspectives and digital tools.
Matt Wisniewski is a collage artist based in New York who takes fashion photographs and manipulates them to fit into a specific geological element or landscape photograph. His “Landscape” Series turns mountain ranges into heads atop human shoulders, or trees on a hillside into cascading hair. His other series’ “Mineral Minds” and “My Home is the Sea” combine minerals and stones, and crashing waves (respectfully) with the models, acting as either extensions of their anatomy or wardrobe. His work is both landscape and portrait photography in one.
Keira Gruttner also uses collage to combine elements of landscape, but unlike Matt Wisniewski, Gruttner specifically focuses on nature. The artist states that her upbringing on the East Coast of Canada inspired her to create her collages. Her work is more tactile than other digital collages, as she first prints her landscapes and then carefully selects elements from each and assembles the pieces together, like a puzzle. She often repeats the process again through scanning the first collage, to then print and prepare for the final collage.
The work of Fong Qi Wei, “Time is a Dimension”, is also puzzle-like, connecting different time-periods of the day with urban skylines to show the daily changes in our atmosphere. In one picture, we are able to see both morning and evening, as if the two were always ongoing at the same time. The artist’s work plays with time and dimension, where the photograph is not only capturing one moment in time, but many times in, what is presented as, one moment. 
Each of these artists plays with our perceptions in terms of how we remember our surroundings and especially our relationship with the landscapes around us. Their works are refreshing examples of the new techniques in landscape photography.
-Anna Paluch
Landscape Photomontage
Photographing landscapes should not be limited to a simple point and click. There are many different capturing and editing techniques that artists, such as Matt Wisniewski, Keira Gruttner, and Fong Qi Wei, use in order to capture their surroundings through their unique perspectives and digital tools.
Matt Wisniewski is a collage artist based in New York who takes fashion photographs and manipulates them to fit into a specific geological element or landscape photograph. His “Landscape” Series turns mountain ranges into heads atop human shoulders, or trees on a hillside into cascading hair. His other series’ “Mineral Minds” and “My Home is the Sea” combine minerals and stones, and crashing waves (respectfully) with the models, acting as either extensions of their anatomy or wardrobe. His work is both landscape and portrait photography in one.
Keira Gruttner also uses collage to combine elements of landscape, but unlike Matt Wisniewski, Gruttner specifically focuses on nature. The artist states that her upbringing on the East Coast of Canada inspired her to create her collages. Her work is more tactile than other digital collages, as she first prints her landscapes and then carefully selects elements from each and assembles the pieces together, like a puzzle. She often repeats the process again through scanning the first collage, to then print and prepare for the final collage.
The work of Fong Qi Wei, “Time is a Dimension”, is also puzzle-like, connecting different time-periods of the day with urban skylines to show the daily changes in our atmosphere. In one picture, we are able to see both morning and evening, as if the two were always ongoing at the same time. The artist’s work plays with time and dimension, where the photograph is not only capturing one moment in time, but many times in, what is presented as, one moment. 
Each of these artists plays with our perceptions in terms of how we remember our surroundings and especially our relationship with the landscapes around us. Their works are refreshing examples of the new techniques in landscape photography.
-Anna Paluch
Landscape Photomontage
Photographing landscapes should not be limited to a simple point and click. There are many different capturing and editing techniques that artists, such as Matt Wisniewski, Keira Gruttner, and Fong Qi Wei, use in order to capture their surroundings through their unique perspectives and digital tools.
Matt Wisniewski is a collage artist based in New York who takes fashion photographs and manipulates them to fit into a specific geological element or landscape photograph. His “Landscape” Series turns mountain ranges into heads atop human shoulders, or trees on a hillside into cascading hair. His other series’ “Mineral Minds” and “My Home is the Sea” combine minerals and stones, and crashing waves (respectfully) with the models, acting as either extensions of their anatomy or wardrobe. His work is both landscape and portrait photography in one.
Keira Gruttner also uses collage to combine elements of landscape, but unlike Matt Wisniewski, Gruttner specifically focuses on nature. The artist states that her upbringing on the East Coast of Canada inspired her to create her collages. Her work is more tactile than other digital collages, as she first prints her landscapes and then carefully selects elements from each and assembles the pieces together, like a puzzle. She often repeats the process again through scanning the first collage, to then print and prepare for the final collage.
The work of Fong Qi Wei, “Time is a Dimension”, is also puzzle-like, connecting different time-periods of the day with urban skylines to show the daily changes in our atmosphere. In one picture, we are able to see both morning and evening, as if the two were always ongoing at the same time. The artist’s work plays with time and dimension, where the photograph is not only capturing one moment in time, but many times in, what is presented as, one moment. 
Each of these artists plays with our perceptions in terms of how we remember our surroundings and especially our relationship with the landscapes around us. Their works are refreshing examples of the new techniques in landscape photography.
-Anna Paluch
Landscape Photomontage
Photographing landscapes should not be limited to a simple point and click. There are many different capturing and editing techniques that artists, such as Matt Wisniewski, Keira Gruttner, and Fong Qi Wei, use in order to capture their surroundings through their unique perspectives and digital tools.
Matt Wisniewski is a collage artist based in New York who takes fashion photographs and manipulates them to fit into a specific geological element or landscape photograph. His “Landscape” Series turns mountain ranges into heads atop human shoulders, or trees on a hillside into cascading hair. His other series’ “Mineral Minds” and “My Home is the Sea” combine minerals and stones, and crashing waves (respectfully) with the models, acting as either extensions of their anatomy or wardrobe. His work is both landscape and portrait photography in one.
Keira Gruttner also uses collage to combine elements of landscape, but unlike Matt Wisniewski, Gruttner specifically focuses on nature. The artist states that her upbringing on the East Coast of Canada inspired her to create her collages. Her work is more tactile than other digital collages, as she first prints her landscapes and then carefully selects elements from each and assembles the pieces together, like a puzzle. She often repeats the process again through scanning the first collage, to then print and prepare for the final collage.
The work of Fong Qi Wei, “Time is a Dimension”, is also puzzle-like, connecting different time-periods of the day with urban skylines to show the daily changes in our atmosphere. In one picture, we are able to see both morning and evening, as if the two were always ongoing at the same time. The artist’s work plays with time and dimension, where the photograph is not only capturing one moment in time, but many times in, what is presented as, one moment. 
Each of these artists plays with our perceptions in terms of how we remember our surroundings and especially our relationship with the landscapes around us. Their works are refreshing examples of the new techniques in landscape photography.
-Anna Paluch

Landscape Photomontage


Photographing landscapes should not be limited to a simple point and click. There are many different capturing and editing techniques that artists, such as Matt Wisniewski, Keira Gruttner, and Fong Qi Wei, use in order to capture their surroundings through their unique perspectives and digital tools.

Matt Wisniewski is a collage artist based in New York who takes fashion photographs and manipulates them to fit into a specific geological element or landscape photograph. His “Landscape” Series turns mountain ranges into heads atop human shoulders, or trees on a hillside into cascading hair. His other series’ “Mineral Minds” and “My Home is the Sea” combine minerals and stones, and crashing waves (respectfully) with the models, acting as either extensions of their anatomy or wardrobe. His work is both landscape and portrait photography in one.

Keira Gruttner also uses collage to combine elements of landscape, but unlike Matt Wisniewski, Gruttner specifically focuses on nature. The artist states that her upbringing on the East Coast of Canada inspired her to create her collages. Her work is more tactile than other digital collages, as she first prints her landscapes and then carefully selects elements from each and assembles the pieces together, like a puzzle. She often repeats the process again through scanning the first collage, to then print and prepare for the final collage.

The work of Fong Qi Wei, “Time is a Dimension”, is also puzzle-like, connecting different time-periods of the day with urban skylines to show the daily changes in our atmosphere. In one picture, we are able to see both morning and evening, as if the two were always ongoing at the same time. The artist’s work plays with time and dimension, where the photograph is not only capturing one moment in time, but many times in, what is presented as, one moment. 

Each of these artists plays with our perceptions in terms of how we remember our surroundings and especially our relationship with the landscapes around us. Their works are refreshing examples of the new techniques in landscape photography.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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