Altered States

(installations and imagery about perception)

Altered States is a body of various types of work that explore themes of perception and consciousness. Through the use of digital editing, video projection, large scale printing, audio soundscapes, and color changing lights – I am commenting on various forms of altered states, exploring personal experience, and the phenomenology of vision. This work was exhibited in a large group show Phase Shift in Ohio as well as a 2016 solo show Altered States at the AFA Gallery in Pennsylvania.

The Cloud

This is a photograph of myself, a self portrait, created by blending many exposures of different objects into one scene. The cloud becomes a symbol to comment on the ethereal or intangible qualities of a personal state of mind. I made the decision to cover my face in order to create a nonspecific character but more importantly to bring attention to the hidden head, or the brain, as the central hub for one’s consciousness. THe image is printed out quite large and hung traditionally.

 

Pixels

Technology surrounds us these days, and this is both good and bad. Pixels is an installation involving a large-scale digital print on fabric, a color strobe light, and a droning audio loop. The colored light reacts with the colored ink creating an element of animation.

 

Theta Waves

Theta Waves is an installation consisting of a table-like contraption with a reservoir of water with a mirror submerged at the bottom. A light aimed downward travels through the rippling water, bounces off the mirror, and casts marvelous patterns of light and shadow onto the ceiling. This piece has been shown as a standalone installation as well as a performance.

During the performance, people gather and sit or lay on the ground looking up. I manipulate the water myself to a soundtrack. Using professional mixing software, I created various soundscapes by manipulating and arranging my own recordings (piano, cello, drums, and sound effects such as crickets) to play during the presentation.

 

The Great Epiphany

Again touching on the divinity of the natural world, The Great Epiphany is a combination of photography and digital art. The trees image was created by taking multiple exposures, like that of a panorama, and then stitching them into one large image. The pattern was created by scanning the veins of a leaf and manipulating them in Photoshop. Due to the amazing detail achieved by blending exposures, this image is also printed out very large and hung traditionally.

 

Forest Of Illumination

When it comes to spirituality, nature is my place of worship. While biking through the woods, standing at the top of a mountain or just looking up at the stars at night – nature has this strange ability to mystify… Forest Of Illumination was designed to give the viewer a moment of perceptual awe, symbolizing this transcendent experience.

The series contains eight large-scale photographs printed on cloth, each shot on 4×5 black and white film to achieve maximum detail. The negatives were then scanned, manipulated, and given bright hues of color. When hung in a darkened space, the ink reacts to the color changing light sources, creating a strange hypnotic moment of perception. More images and videos of this work can be seen HERE.

 

Molecule

This work of digital art is typically displayed as a 10×10 foot print on fabric. I want to overwhelm the viewer with complexity and pattern, and so scale plays an important role in this piece specifically. Created by hand in Adobe Photoshop, the image consists of colorful spiraling fractals constructed by repeating, re-sizing, and moving around the structural formula of a curious compound that is produced in almost all of nature, including our own bodies.

 

Optical Art

Visual trickery is a very interesting thing to feel inside your own head. This body of work is all about that: The phenomenology of vision… This work was inspired by optical illusions and (most obviously) the Op Art movement of painting in the 1960’s. I have created many black and white compositions in photoshop using very basic tools and filters. There is something nice about returning to the most simplistic tools of a vastly powerful program. Just copy and paste, rotate, scale, blend.

The Dreaming State