Further progress has been made in the development of our Homage to the Sphere virtual reality environment. There will now be 6-8 objects populating the sphere. Here is my current thinking on these – although I’m still thinking about some of the objects. Firstly, these objects will be really simple in form … and that tiny versions will […]Read more "Homage to the Sphere (Part II)"
Just what is it, this thing we call ‘colour’? The aim of this residency is to produce a series of artworks that will explore and investigate the many different ways in which we perceive and understand colour. As might be expected, there will be a series of vibrantly coloured paintings made with pigments – compounds that selectively […]Read more "Homage to the Sphere (Part I)"
“Colour itself is a degree of darkness.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The blackest black, the whitest white, the bluest blue, the reddest red, all trip off the tongue quite easily. Any of these superlatives might summon up an abstract image of such a colour, perhaps derived from some form of synesthesia – an occurrence […]Read more "Harnessing Structural Darkness: The Blackest Black …"
“The parts of the Feathers of this glorious Bird appear, through the Microscope, no less gaudy then do the whole Feathers; for, as to the naked eye ’tis evident that the stem or quill of each Feather in the tail sends out multitudes of Lateral branches, … so each of those threads in the Microscope appears […]Read more "Nano-sculptures: order, disorder and beauty"
Discriminating patterns and making connections … This is how Andrew described the work of science as I left the lab after my third day in the University of Sheffield Department of Physics. This is not so very different to the work of art I think – at least on one level … The topic that had […]Read more "Visualising Colour"
One definition of the word fugitive, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is as follows: quick to disappear; fleeting: the fugitive effects of light. The word is derived from Late Middle English: from Old French fugitif, -ive, from Latin fugitivus, from fugere ‘flee’. This fleeting (fleeing) quality is often attributed to life. In terms of paint, at least in terms of the specialist terminology used […]Read more "Living Colour …"
” Visibility from a quarter of a mile away” H Bates 1864 In Morpho butterflies such as Morpho anaxibia brilliant colours are produced by intricate fir tree-shaped microstructures too small for optical microscopes.Read more "MORPHO …"