As mentioned in previous posts, the art of revealing the ongoing ‘invisible’ reactions in my work is key to their understanding and contemplation.
Time lapse video is one method, somewhat related is GIF animation, a method I have just begun to explore.
Timelapse video recording requires a digital camera and artificial lighting, as well as a computer, all fixed in place and permanently powered during the recording process. The requisite technology means the work cannot be easily viewed as in a gallery context.
In my #openstudioscornwall2022 exhibition, the relatively new work ‘V3 Reaction’ is developing many intriguing artifacts and changes in form and colour as the electrochemical reactions proceed.
The type of time lapse recording previously used is not feasible in the current gallery context, so I’ve taken to taking a photograph every morning before the show opens. Careful cropping and the use of a gif animation app on my phone is producing a type of time lapse animation where the electrochemical changes are made highly visible, if a little jumpy.