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In Stereo

2013  |  Highlight Gallery  |  San Francisco, CA

Open one eye and light becomes image; open both and it becomes space. We see the world in stereo – one image with the right eye, another with the left. Our effort to resolve this disparity creates a sense of depth. We put faith in this experience because we have a history of verifying it through touch. But in rare cases, we may perceive depth in its physical absence. 

Using glass microspheres to refract light, I make halos that appear to hover around their light source. But close one eye and these apparitions collapse. Due to their proximity, the mind interprets each binocular pair as a single, substantial thing. This specter is visible but not present. It is pure vision masquerading as matter.

Even a slight change in perspective can alter the appearance of a halo. Standing parallel to the glass surface, the halo is round. But as you move, it will bend, break, and invert in relation to you.

 Centered, 2013 | Glass microspheres, aluminum, LED fixtures

Centered, 2013 | Glass microspheres, aluminum, LED fixtures

 Center (for Emmanuelle), 2013 | Glass microspheres, aluminum, LED fixture

Center (for Emmanuelle), 2013 | Glass microspheres, aluminum, LED fixture

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 Installation view

Installation view

 Well, 2013 | Glass microspheres, plate glass, wood, LED fixture

Well, 2013 | Glass microspheres, plate glass, wood, LED fixture

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 Installation view

Installation view