STEPHANIE ANDREWS

A Look on the Bright Side- Art Institute of Chicago 2002

With this work I expanded the scope of previous animated neon projects to create an immersive environment at Gallery X in Chicago. The project is based on formal explorations of light, motion, and materials. In this version my collaborator and I transformed an entire room into an animated experiment in illumination and hue. We brought an organic sensibility into the design by chosing to base the main layout of the installation on a spiral shape. The smallest panel was one foot wide, the largest eight feet. The ratio of the width of the panels was loosely inspired on the Fibonacci sequence the mathematical proportions that determine the curve of many forms found in nature such as seashells. The spiral also allowed for a great deal of cross reflection within the piece itself.

Approaching the installation from certain angles let you see through to the oppisite side of the curve and amplified the interaction of the animated light. The translucency of the panels also transformed the other viewers who were inspecting the piece from the opposite side. Visual distortion of all kinds was flowing in this environment.

Approaching the installation from certain angles let you see through to the oppisite side of the curve and amplified the interaction of the animated light. The translucency of the panels also transformed the other viewers who were inspecting the piece from the opposite side. Visual distortion of all kinds was flowing in this environment. We wanted the experience to infuse the viewer with sense of wonder, and create a space that was inspirational and energetic. Although there was not much physical space taken up by the structure, the bright light from the neon filled the entire room with its visual effects. The neon was animated using a BASIC stamp microcontroller to turn on and off the power to the eight transformers that randomly lit up the tubes. The color of the walls was a deep glossy purple to keep the environment dark, but still have the light reflections on the walls as a secondary effect. Looking into the panels themselves could be a surprising experience - the neon was reflected between the layers of irridescent film to create the illusion of a deep, receding three dimensional space.


Solstice Garden

accretion

Untitled

Dragonfly

Think Tank

Lifeblood

We Return You

SCOPE

Luminous Textures

Trance

Fish Schtick

Night Becomes

Human Touch

2001 Revisited

Brightside

Hall of Selves

Squeegee

Then

Sterna Paradisea

Icarus Phoenix

A Bug's Life

Toy Story 2

Weather! or not?

World Tree

Crystal Palace

Synchronicity

Shapeshifter

Piasa