I decided to do this with a couple of QR mandala drawings, as well as a new projection negation installation.
The entranceway of the gallery provided a perfect opportunity for such an installation since it was a liminal space that would force viewers to unwittingly engage with the piece as they walk past it to enter the space, blocking the projector and revealing the negated imagery in their shadow.
|As with nearly all gallery spaces, wiring was a particular challenge. The only 3 prong outlet happened to be up here in the ceiling! Not something that a few extension cords and surge protectors can't fix though...|
I had originally mulled around ideas of making the whole thing digitally interactive as well, incorporating live video feed. I even went as far as to code some experiments:
But ultimately I decided to forgo it for a more streamlined effect. Too much new media is not necessarily a good thing, and there would already be a lot of potentially confusing technology in this show. So instead, I horizontally doubled my original design to better fit the space and end up with bilateral symmetry, the left side using the Ammann Grid pattern and the right side using the Penrose Tile pattern (which geometrically emerge from each other when doing the nitty gritty tessellations of the patterns)
With that settled, I set up my pedestal, projector, and computer, and started going at it:
|I've now gotten the process down to a science. Step one, project the image in-situ|
|Step two, begin masking off the image on the wall.|
5 hours of painter's tape later, I was ready to begin painting, step three.
|Using the projection as a template, I begin laying down a few coats of the painted colors|
|With the painting complete, it's time for my favorite part...|
|...peeling off all that tape! There's something very satisfying in that "big reveal" moment of seeing the tape come off|
And thus we have it, a three way collaboration on the concept of the Fourfold, in bilateral symmetry encompassing fivefold symmetrical patterns. Or in other words... the Threefold Fourfold, in Twofold Fivefold!
For a look at the other projects in the Fourfold exhibition, check out my other posts linked below.
A Directory of other posts about this project:
Fourfold - A Collaborative Exhibition - our first site visit and the beginnings of our concept for the show
Fourfold Collaboration - building and installing the main collaborative installation
Fourfold - Meditation 1.4 - Behind the scenes of my site specific drawings for the exhibition
The Threefold Fourfold, In Twofold Fivefold - Behind the scenes of my fourfold projection negation project (You are Here)
The Finished Fourfold: Collaboration and Multi-Site Exhibition - An overview of the finished exhibition
The Final Fourfold (Four Now...) - Images from the opening reception and other events