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Parts Of Cubes And Shadows (Week 6)

It is really a rare thing when I draw out an idea but lately I have been falling into the habit.  Drawings really just become affirmations of ideas that pop into my head.  My last drawing doesn’t make that much sense alone but helped me visualize what I had working around in my mind.  Like this drawing confuses the foreground and background characteristics of the cube, I hoped that I could create a similar effect with a steel form and a shadow.

This idea is really simple.  Basically it is a cube with only five sides that lines up with a light source.  That light source, or spotlight in this case, creates a shadow that makes the sixth side.  Through this exploration I learned a few new tricks for creating a dimensional object and managed to make a nicely welded steel frame cube.  Magnets are really great for this sort of design.  Here are some of the process photos.

After I constructed the form I had to set up a gallery situation, in a way, to see if my idea was at all possible.  Basically I had to imagine that the table was the wall and the light was in the ceiling.  Going into this I already knew that I was going to have to bend the legs a bit to account for the way the light traveled through the object or, in other words, the way the light is actually traveling in a conical direction from a single point.  Once that was adjusted the interaction between 2D and 3D space became more apparent and confused.

Once I match the tone of the object to the tone of the shadow this cube is going to blend 2D and 3D space in, I hope, startling ways.  Also, the sun is the ultimate spotlight leaving me wondering how I can create time related pieces that respond to the angle of the sun.

Again, just come to my studio an experience these things first hand.  Photos and sketches fail to translate the effect my work has on your perception.

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