Chris Dean - "Custom Culture"
Chris Deans new show "Custom Culture" is an ongoing exploration of lenticular processes and novel image making methods. Lenticular’s illusionary capacities create viewer-centric images that highlight the subjectivity of experience. The partnership between the work and the viewer is a quality of lenticular where position, distance, and physical idiosyncrasies play a significant role in how the work is perceived. The imagery maximizes this subjectivity through looping sequences of in-between states and fields of overlapping forms that respond to viewer interaction. Surface explores the ground between the abstract and the symbolic while steering free from overt representation. Beyond a culturally derived aesthetic the work attempts to remain agnostic and open, preferring minimal narrative and the potential for direct experience.
Lenticular is a process that pairs carefully constructed imagery with sheets of optical plastic engraved with fine lenses. It delivers effects similar to those of holography including a simulated sense of depth and motion. It was popularized in the 1940s and used primarily in novelty and commercial products with only a handful of artists developing bodies of work around it early on. It has seen a resurgence of use with the rise in high-resolution printing and has a growing base of contemporary artists interested in its unique interactive capacities.
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