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Manipulating the way that your brain recognizes space and depth, my glass panels visually capture a depth far greater than their physical boundaries.
Using a darkroom, I made photographs using glass the same way that old film negatives were used.
The resulting image is visually opposite of the original glass panel in terms of colour and the play between positive and negative spaces. It is a very different way to view my work.
Taking glasses from a local bar, permanently etching elements from my life onto the side, and then smuggling them back into the bar without anyone knowing.
Technically stealing, this project raised questions about Art, ownership, vandalism, inherent worth, and permission.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steven Tippin is a Glass Artist living and making in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario, Canada.
He has been studying, creating, and teaching with glass since 1995. His unique style has evolved to create thin panels of glass (about 1/4" or 6 mm) that have a false, perceived depth that seems much deeper, sometimes appearing to span miles into the distance.
By combining the tricks of perspective found in 2-dimensional art forms, such as painting and photography, with the signals that help the brain understand visual depth, Tippin's panels seek to trick your brain. By carefully utilizing tools such as overlapping, repeating patterns of varying sized forms, mimicking atmospheric distortion, and tonal gradients, the artwork becomes the illusion that all artwork truly is. The illusion of depth In Tippin's art is no different from the painting of a landscape or a photograph. Tippin's work is very comfortable living somewhere between Art and Science.
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