My artwork comprises installations, sculpture, graphics and video- displays. I like to include technology into my work. The result is an innovative mix of 'high and low technology' solutions to aesthetic problems.
In my artwork I explore hidden dimensions of space and time. My 3D stereoscopic work is concerned with the dimension of depth. When viewing images with 3D glasses,the spectator will be able to touch colors and shapes emerging from the canvas,revealing the dimension of binocular depth.
Likewise, my installation TimeLab explores deep cosmic time. On a human time scale this deep time is beyond comprehension. By entering the installation spectators are able to explore cosmic time scales in an interactive and physical way.
The Texture of Space
The very act of viewing my artwork with 3D glasses transforms the canvas into a visual membrane. The display surface becomes a physical object, where the canvas acts like a membrane between the viewer and the 3D world. The dimension of binocular depth is revealed,which is a dimension of depth beyond the sense of perspective depth. The true texture of visual space emerges from the canvas.
from 3D cinema to stereoscopic 3D artwork
I explore the artistic potential of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) techniques for the fine arts. Many of these techniques are currently employed in cinema movie making. It turns out that S3D techniques are even more impressive if applied to smaller scale artworks.
In my S3D artwork I explore how the natural, binocular visual space of the viewer interacts with the 3D world displayed on the canvas. It is this interaction of two distinct 3D spaces ( viewer space and canvas space) which is unique to S3D artwork. Due to the screen sizes and viewing distances in cinema settings, the 3D world displayed on the cinema screen is not in interaction with the binocular space of the viewer. In contrast, my artwork explores the interaction of 3D spaces on the art canvas and the fusion of these spaces with the binocular space of the viewer.
from perspective depth to binocular depth
In my S3D work i explore the relationship between the flat canvas surface and the 3D world emerging from it. I explore how visual space is built up and structured by the viewpoint of the spectator. Motivated by research by Merleau-Ponty I challenge the conventional view that the dimension of depth is just the dimension of width viewed in profile ( Merleau-Ponty/ Phenomenology of Perception).This traditional,cartesian view leads directly to the notion of perspective depth. In my stereoscopic 3D artwork I explore the dimension of binocular depth. It turns out that binocular depth is different but complementary to perspective depth.
TimeLab installation : Hidden dimension of deep time
The TimeLab display is a way of visualizing and comparing different periods of time through the evolution of the universe. The volume of the installation represents the time elapsed since the big bang.Smaller periods of time are represented by smaller volumes, as embodied in the time shapes.
All shapes contain, and in fact, are time. The relation of the shapes to each other is the relation of periods of time. All periods of time up to 13.8 billion years (time since the big bang) can be displayed. Similiar to a planetarium visitors are able to travel through space and time.
Press release TimeLab exhibit at Royal Institution (2003):
The installation is included as a part of Open afternoons at the Royal Institution, the site of Faraday's pioneering scientific discoveries.....'TimeLab' offers visitors a playful and beautiful display of the scientific concept of time. Depicting time in cubic millimetres, the installation is a black room measuring 6m times 5m lit up by a fluorescent orange grid made up of a series of suspended threads. An inverted illuminated blue pyramid structure, symbolising one billion years to the present hangs from the ceiling, as if floating in space, in the centre of the room.
The installation enables visitors to engage in a dialogue between science and art and, by entering the room it allows them to physically make a journey through time. The room depicts in volume the time since the Big Bang with each liter representing 100,000 years.
A small neon blue sphere, set within the centre of the back wall lit by pin prick stars, illustrates 150,000 years of mankind, reminding visitors of the insignificant amount of time that man has been on earth. In a true synergy of art and science, Frank Pohlmann claims to have been equally inspiresd by Einstein and Kandinsky to create the piece.( Victoria Ribbins/Press Manager/ Royal Institution)