Acrylic on canvas with a variety of glass and acrylic lenses. Neutral polarized lighting (makes the lenses go dark for the most part)
“Neural Network” acrylic on canvas with lenses and retroreflective spheres. 24×24×1.5 inches.
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This is under the retroreflective condition for the spherical lenses, with other ambient light sources. You can see the lenses “lighting up” (there are no lights incorporated, only lenses that manipulate the room light.) The lenses are different conditions as the light in the room changes or as a viewer moves near the painting. The overall effect is of lines and regions of light flickering in and out and moving in the piece.
Detail Area 1 – Retroreflective lenses in sunlight (not in retroreflective condition). The lenese are interspersed with rhinestones and layers of painted and translucent poured color.
Detail Area 2 – Lenses, small magnifying mirror and textured poured translucent paint
I was trying to get a “biological” feel, yet keep the idea of a network that could process bits and bytes of information. The dots are actually little spherical lenses. Different lens shapes pick up the light strongly at different conditions. The lenses also create light patterns within the painting. And it was an excuse to buy a great big box of surplus optics goodies.