Yesterday we showcased one of Colby Parson’s landscapes from his Materiality of Light series. These use ceramic sculpture combined with video projection — old and new media— to create an experience that sets just outside each. Parson’s statement to the Lacoste Gallery about his work touches on the value we place on things based on nothing more than our visual interpretation of them. That inclination is about as ephemeral as the projected beams of light slowly transforming as they travel across the slopes of Parson’s sculptures.
My background in ceramics gives me an aesthetic based in raw materiality, however I am also fascinated with the potential of new media to add motion and different kinds of interactivity to what is usually a static form of expression. This investigation has taken a variety of forms which often combines sculptural elements with digital video projections. In all of these works, I am taking something I consider ordinary, something that is not particularly noteworthy or interesting, and transforming it into a visual spectacle using the filmic illusion of animation.This act draws attention not only to the way we place value on certain objects or experiences over others, but also considers our visual interpretation of reality itself.
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