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Displace optically and spatially instrumentalizes the uncanny material attribute of reflective reflectivity drive physical material manipulation and visual distortion. The research focuses on the collapsing of material and immaterial effects of mirrored glass to investigate alternate and contrasting readings of objects and occupation while also presenting, in reflection, mediations of the space through distortion, multiplicity, scale and displacement.

The research harnesses opportunities present in two distinct, though highly interconnected distortions: the object that has these attributes, and the context in which it is placed. The collapsing of these two elements produces an intangible condition. Deploying variant techniques of glass slumping and curated applications of silver nitrate ranging from opaque to transparent, symmetries, patterns, and realities are disrupted. For the object, there exists a confusions of its boundaries attributed to its peculiar physical shape and applied mirroring, allowing its other material attributes to fall away. It acquires the visual attributes of its surrounds such as color or luminosity, but filtered through the material attributes of smooth and shiny and disturbed across its form. Simultaneously, the outcomes of the reflection optically mutates the geometry, scale, and multiplicity of that which surrounds it. In doing so there is a double displacement: the context in proximity to the object, and the extent of the object itself. The material attributes are strangely unable to be self-referential or fixed to any particular site. Collapsed together, the exploration persists through the investigation of real and reflected sites and the geometries of the devised material.

Harnessing both material and perceptual attributes, the work develops a form of practice that is driven by a family of material effects paired with an understanding of agitated physical behaviors.

Project Leads

Wes McGee, Catie Newell, and Brandon Weiner (UM Library)

Project Team:Lauren Bebry, Casey Carter, John Guinn, Peter Halquist, Grant Weaver, Brandon Weiner


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