Figure & Ground

2011
art installation
Gallery 99

Figure & Ground were two interactive, multi-media art installations as part of my second group showing at CONTACT photography Festival, in collaboration with Javier Lovera. These pieces were numbers 3 and 4 in our series of studies and installations looking at the viewer as the main working element of each piece. Without their intended interaction the pieces were not complete. Sensors detected when people where standing in front of the pieces and would activate after prolonged observation.
#3 An eerie 3 dimensional portrait of a man crying black tears. Produced by mold casting of a face with its exact portrait 3D projection mapped on the casting. Sensors activate and the microprocessor runs a bladder mechanism controlling the artificial tear gland in the castings eye. As more people visited the installation over the run of the exhibition the many fallen tears accumulated and created a pattern that grew over time and was recorded on the white canvas below the face.
#4 A still portrait comes to life through a sense of depth and motion. The elegant movement of Prima ballerina Jillian Vanstone of the National Ballet of Canada is captured through the lens. A cast of her hand extends out from the portrait giving depth to a forced perspective illusion. The presence of a viewer triggers the mechanism and a shot of confetti slowly falls over the portrait and into Jillian’s hand. Visitor after visitor, day after day, a growing heap evolves the piece over time and leaves something new for those to come.
Figure & Ground
Mediums: 3D Projection mapping, Photography, Sensors & Microprocessors, Plaster casting.
In collaboration with and photography by: Javier Lovera
Figure & Ground
Figure & Ground
Figure & Ground
Figure & Ground
Figure & Ground