Monday, February 16, 2009

Type 4

After trying to make letter forms out of moving figures like snowboarding or skiing, i realized it was not turning out they way i envisioned it and i was forced to turn to my back up plan which was pulled from a number or inspirations starting with Fred Eerdekens and his use of light and the hand element from Sagmeister, and a snowboard video on youtube called magic flashlights , i was inspired to make letter forms out of light and capture the motion on camera with a slow shutter speed. I used various materials which gave me a verity of outcomes.

Flash Light:

Cell Phone:

Butane Lighter:

Glow Sticks:

Glow Stick Rings:

Glow Stars on Hand:

Things i learned about Fred Eerdekens:
The Belgian artist work consists of instillations that involve a strong beam of light, which will shine through natural or built structures that he has altered so when it casts its shadow, it will display a word or a message in the positive or negative space. He is producing great work with his installations because he is truly going through the tedious process of lining up the light source and altering the material and by not using any technical distortions such as photoshop which was done a lot to get a similar affect that he is getting. This makes his work impressive and also respectable. The way he mindfully manipulates light and shadow is remarkable because only at the right positioning of light can the message be read. Also the objects casting the shadows are so simple and basic elements, it is hard to imagine how his mind works when going about creating these interesting pieces of art. Fred while creating these supper structured shadows is also playing with typography and you would never know its there with out the use of the light. The text is built in a way to were the components that make up the contours of the letters are spread out and the text its self is circulating within the piece. His work is strong and unique and also he may be poetic and clever at times, he is always giving us something new to see.

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