The juxtaposition of the two images helps to demonstrate a part of my working process, specifically the interactivity of different surfaces. Both images started with the same array of shapes. The array has been distorted but the similarity is clear (highlighted below).
The figure-ground dynamic in the shape array for Experiments with Gliders and Balloons is inverted when compared to the figure-ground dynamic in Suspicious packages. That is to say that what is perceived as object in the first picture is seen as space in the second. Experiments with Gliders and Balloons has another shape relationship (with curving lines) that complicates the interactions between shapes. The power in each of these images is the result of the conflict of the two main surfaces. These variations in color and value produce different sensations. One image appears as an aloft environment with soaring movement, the other as an imposing monolith.
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