OMNIA: SOURCE CODE
So much of the weight of light-based work is centered on communication in its base form — signs and symbols — whether it's a witty truism or graphic rendition of an image meant to convey an idea; possibly the absence of one as well. These new works with helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon aren't signs, but they are symbols. I've reduced the variables to nothing but the essentials. These works are clear glass filled with five noble gasses that share the property of illumination. Each one is pivotal to the existence of our universe and reciprocally our ways of both perceiving and manipulating its properties.
These two shapes, sampled from TRYLON, are components of a work-in-progress tower sculpture for OMNIA. Where my past work might have been a discursive communication of autobiographical events or an expressive visual diary, this trajectory sheds the artifice of personal identity for something far more undefined. Inspired by my travels to holy sites across Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States, this work represents searching and containment, storage and release. It is the energy we harness, and that we emanate, it's everything and nothing — a fleeting moment in a sea of cosmic dust.
OMNIA is a new body of work that traces the narrative of light from the cosmic to the personal through an algorithmically controlled video projection of deep space footage sourced from NASA, three noble gas installations, and a virtual reality memoir set for release in Fall 2017.