What is it?
The main focus of the Pentascope Project is a series of video pieces, temporarily named ‘Box Traveller’. But it will also contain prints of various still frames resulting from a variety of steps in the process. This project is work in progress, off and on, for many years, and has previously taken form first in sculpture, and then in painting. It has been a fascinating and exploratory endeavor for me, as I progress toward actualizing an idea which is constantly evolving — it develops metaphorically and visually along with my experience. Utilizing the computer as a tool for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, I’m also bringing in more traditional art media, photography, found and constructed objects — which all become integrated into the texturing and lighting of the main structure.
This all began with a fascination for angles derived by dividing a circle by 5 — angles that are integrally involved with growth and organic life. i began to think about the familiar angles of the non-living, static structures which surround us every day — the right angles of nearly every wall and corridor we encounter. These angles, which are associated with ‘non-living’ forms such as minerals, tend be derived by dividing a circle by 4.
This whole inquiry resulted in my building structures in foamboard and masonry which incorporated both these very different worlds. I enjoyed the view looking through these structures so much, that two paintings — Pentascope View One, and Pentascope View Two came about from the experience. Entry is another painting which involved creating a space from one of these sculptural constructions.
More on this coming soon. Meanwhile…
The three image blocks presented here show still frames from particular phases of the video project.
Two different environments are used, and there is still much to do with the texturing of the structure.
In the image at the top, the stills were rendered from progressive points in time during the animation.
If you watch carefully, you can see the break-up of the geometric structure, and its return to an intact state.
Each break reveals more of the environment, and allows more light into the structure.
What I’m interested in here, visually, is the play of light on the geometric forms, their dimensionality, and the abstract framing of the resulting image. Emotionally, it begins to tell another story.
In the two lower images, there are only two stills rendered in each block. One with the structure intact, and one where it is just beginning to crack…