Wood/Light II - Tangle (2019 - 2020)
Wood, 3D printed PLA, acrylic, LEDs, electronics, software
A series of geometric tangled forms that float off the wall. Each appears to be solid wood with 3D printed joints, yet unexpectedly illuminates from within.
The shapes start as hand drawn sketches, then become 3D models randomized and mutated with a parametric process subject to both aesthetic and structural constraints. Those shapes are then selected and "cross-bred" while further tweaked by hand, in a back and forth between artist and software.
The patterns in each piece are derived from natural systems, abstracted to create shifting glowing patterns within. The first in the series abstracts imagery captured under the ocean.
Each object in the Tangle series is intended to have its geometry and its light patterns hover between organic and synthetic. The images are not recognizable due to their distribution across the airy geometric form, yet a viewer can tell they are not programmed, but come from something real.