Human Hair Knot (2015)

Scale/Scape Light Panel series #2 

9" x 16" x 3"

Stained hardwood, plywood, fluorescent bulbs, black acrylic, blur acrylic, metal hardware

An investigation into the thresholds of human perception and the history of halftone printing techniques. Images from microscopic and telescopic scales are transformed into light patterns formed by thousands of dots of different sizes. Custom software translates pixel clusters into laser-cut holes of different sizes, and strangely when the image is more blurred, it becomes more recognizable. Some pieces are blurred from distance and the weakness of human vision; and some are optically blurred with raised translucent diffusion panels.

This piece used a matte black acrylic surface and was shown both with and without a blur layer.

(Source credit: Stefan Diller, scanning electron microscope)

Making of:

"Human Hair Knot" Light Panel series front view
"Human Hair Knot" Light Panel series front view with blur
"Human Hair Knot" Light Panel series angle view
"Human Hair Knot" Light Panel series corner switch close-up
Using Format