Encroachment Study (Variant 010)
scientific glass, ecosystem (minerals, glass beads, Bromeliads), loc-line, Dolichovespula Maculata (bald faced hornet) nests, Tillandsia Bulbosa, delrin, surgical tubing
LC Phasing Sequence 01
LightJet Print on Fujiflex paper
liquid crystal component photographed on light box under cross polarized light with variable voltage applied
Seeking That Which Reflects The Longest Wavelength
Beam-splitter cubes, nineteen sets of color chips, aluminum wall brackets, custom wood boxes
This installation continues the exploration into the idea of color when investigated as a property of wavelength. Nearly five thousand beam-splitter cubes have been mounted along the perimeter of the exhibition space and placed into a gridded array on the floor. The inherent qualities found in the design of these cubes allow them to absorb and reflect light from their immediate surroundings. Using this information as an initial point of reference, each of the cubes is then backed with one of nineteen different colored chips. When adhering to a set of facts and rules put forth prior to the installation, the different colored cubes now have the ability to generate an almost infinite amount of color variations.
- All cubes (colors) will be configured at random with the only exception being that no three of the same colored cubes will be placed in sequence to one another.
- All 45-degree interior surface mirrors of the cubes will face the same direction when cubes are placed next to each other with their longer edges being congruent to one another.
- Each cube now possesses the color value of itself plus the value of each cube contiguous to its longer edges.
Studio Joseph Shaeffer is both a trans-disciplinary studio practice and a virtual repository for the ongoing, contiguous dialogue between the disciplines of contemporary art, design and the sciences. The ideas generated through this dialogue often emerge in the form of visual projects rooted in and manifest through a conceptually directed process.