Mangold Sculpture Space is pleased to announce the opening of Photonic Anomalies, a new exhibition of work by Boulder, Colorado artist Joseph Shaeffer. Please join us at the opening reception on Friday, November 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 10:p.m. The exhibit will run through Saturday, January 10th. This will be the first of five consecutive exhibits that Shaeffer will be having during his residency at Mangold Sculpture space over the next year.
The work on display for this show consists of photographic images, a three- channel HD video and a display of three-dimensional sculptural forms. Photonic Anomalies is a direct result of Shaeffer’s daily surroundings and engagements as the director of a physics lab. Failed experiments and optical components that are cast aside in the lab environment can now become the source material for Shaeffer’s work. Through the process deconstruction and re-interpretation, these objects and ideas are given new life as something other than their intended purpose. At first glance the resulting images appear to be the product of computational code/processing or perhaps the result of digital manipulation. They are, in reality, more analog in their process than digital. Through a constructed system of columnated light polarizing filters, the activity happening within these failed experiments and components is revealed to the human eye and documented through the use of high definition video and still image capturing techniques. The resulting images on display reveal to us what, exactly, the camera was witnessing while focused in on these objects. The resulting images appear to be highly manipulated through digital editing software but, in fact, were not. We experience these images just as the camera did in its live documentation of the event. To take this process one step further Shaeffer then takes these documented images and applies them to the facets of different three-dimensional forms. Through the process of construction (the building of a three-dimensional form, in this case a liquid crystal cell) de-construction (the flattening of this three-dimensional form into two-dimensional space through photography) and re-construction (the projection of these images onto a newly formed three-dimensional object), these sculptures now carry the evidence of this process (Construction, de-construction, re-construction). In turn, they can now exist as a physical document representing this process.