Mirror mirror on the… screen.

The last couple of weeks I have been thinking about mirrors and how they reflect reality, It came to my mind for two reasons: the first one is that my girlfriend is doing her MA research on mirrors in photography so I’ve been discussing this topic with her, the second reason is that on a trip to Barcelona I ended up having lunch in a special little restaurant with a really cool tiled wall and I took some interesting pictures of it.

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Thanks to this experiment, I’ve decided to simulate the same situation by creating a 3D object and using it to reflect a photograph, to be thankful, I decided to use my girlfriend as the model.

So far I’ve made 3 different prototypes:

-Simple object for reflection (to get familiar with the digital process).

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Reflection #1:

In this piece I was trying to understand how to simulate the physical reflection, the end result was a bit unexpected put it gave me elements to plan something more interesting, I would like to add that at the moment I have little control over the layout of the image and I’m not yet able to add more than one image. One interesting thing I’ve found is that I can use 3D digital object to actively interact with the image, it does not have to be a one way process like I have done in the past.

-Complex object for reflection

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Reflection #2:

Things got more interesting when i did this other piece, it reminded me of the work of Anne Spalter, an artist I saw on Lumen Price conference. At that time I was captivated by the possibilities of her video process. In this case, I think I found a different way to obtain the thing I found interesting in her work, but at the same time, I gained more perspective to move forward in my own direction.

-Complex object animated reflection

Thanks to the previous result, I wanted to take thing forward to see how this image reflection my work on a moving object, I was particularly interested in seeing the way transitions occur. This was a very simple animation to understand the process.

Reflection #3:

This was an interesting result, I would like to take some time to think about the out come, at the end I’m able to control the reflecting object but still not able to have a lot of control on the reflected image.
I will also like to think about how to explore video pieces because at the moment I am centered on 3D printing, eider way, I’m really happy about this experiment, I know that in the near future I will make more of this.

Final reflection:

Lately I have been looking at some of the work of Francis Bacon; the way he treats space, the way he molds the figures, the colors, the expressions on the brush… in a way, I feel I am dealing with some of the same questions he had in his mind.

Right now I’m focused on how to approach the boundaries between visual realism and abstraction and I feel that the mirrored image is an interesting asset in order to obtain some kind of appealing image that blends abstraction and visual realism in a flexible and captivating way.

A Model for ambiguity

 

 

This is my first model for ambiguity:aModelForAmbiguity

I did use the triangle as the basic shape for structure because it adapts greatly to different shapes, it offers great advantages when  you are blending realistic paint with plain color progressions, also it is the most basic input for 3D sculpting.

I did use the colors in order to separate main elements in the composition, blue elements compose the main experience while orange elements constitute the ambiguous part.

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Richard Smith

He is an English painter and printmaker with early influences from advertising, he is an abstract artist also interested in film and photography.

My interest:

I was surprised when I saw his piece “Piano”, the projection of painting in a 3D structure.

Work of art that I find interesting:

Piano 1963 Richard Smith born 1931 Purchased 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T02003
Piano 1963 Richard Smith born 1931 Purchased 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T02003
Gift Wrap 1963 Richard Smith born 1931 Purchased 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T02004
Gift Wrap 1963 Richard Smith born 1931 Purchased 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T02004

References:

http://www.tate.org.uk

Howard Hodgkin

He is a British abstract painter although he describes him self as an abstract figurative painter, critics thin of him as an abstract poet.

My interest:

I am interested on his work because he tries to represent complex situations using figurative elements in a non explicit way. The titles are an active part of the work of art.

Work of art that I find interesting:

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Mr and Mrs E.J.P.
1972 – 1973
35 ½ x 48″, 90.5 x 122cm
Painting
Oil on wood
http://www.howard-hodgkin.com

Howard-Hodking2

Tea
1977 – 1980
16 ¾ x 44″, 42.5 x 111.7cm
Painting
Oil on wood
http://www.howard-hodgkin.com

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Lovers
1984 – 1992
67 ½ x 72 ⅞”, 171.5 x 185.4cm
Painting
Oil on wood
http://www.howard-hodgkin.com

References:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A2Fk4xnXI0
http://www.howard-hodgkin.com/