spatial art


William E. Jones, Four Frames from “Spatial Disorientation”, (2010)


Sequence of digital files, color, silent, 4 minutes and 45 seconds looped.

 The original footage of Spatial Disorientation is a flight test seen from the cockpit of a U. S. Air Force plane.  The material has been edited into a loop that repeats in variations: magenta, blue and green.


Neon Scribbles | Cerith Wyn Evans

Almost two kilometres of neon lighting shaped into sharp lines and sweeping forms create this installation by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans, which is suspended in the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries.

Forms in Space… by Light (in Time) is a major new installation by Wyn Evans, created for the Tate Britain Commission and supported by auction house Sotheby’s. The lighting is structured in three parts, emerging from a single neon ring before developing into a collection of three discs.

The forms appear as scribbles and rough drawings, similar to “light writing” with a torch captured by a DSLR camera on a slow-shutter-speed setting.

Jutting out from these tangled marks are sharper and more purposeful shapes and symbols, framing the perimeter of the forms. These maze-like lines are intended to mimic physical and kinetic gestures, like footsteps and folding material.

Wyn Evans describes these three forms as “occulist witnesses”, referenced by artist Marcel Duchamp in his sculpture The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915-23), which was donated to the Tate’s collection in 1975.

When walking through the long Duveen Galleries, the suspended sculptures appear to move with the viewer as the patterns created shift with their changing perspective.

Between the bursts of curves, loops and jagged straight lines, the suggestion of kinetics in the light sculptures reflects the artist’s interest in choreology – the practice of translating movement into notational form. Wyn Evans also drew influence from the codified and precise movements of Japanese Noh theatre for Forms in Space.

THE RADIANT CITY, 1991, American Place Theatre, NYC. A multimedia musical theater piece about Robert Moses effect on New York City created by puppeteer Theodora Skipitares.

Wheel of Power (photo) : A 12-foot Ferris wheel identifies each of the 12 unelected positions Moses held simultaneously in New York City and New York State governments.


ARKit Drawing

Frank Tinsley has been experimenting in Augmented Reality spatial 3D drawing with only his iPhone and the ARKit developer tools.

Embedded below is a compilation of videos I put together from his twitter profile but it is all very much Frank’s work:

You can follow Frank and his work at twitter here

Frank also has a Tumblr @franktinsley

Lady Before the Mirror. John White Alexander (American, 1856-1915). Oil on canvas. Odessa Museum.

Like other young artists of his generation, Alexander had advanced his training in Paris, there combining a fluid technique with a keen understanding of the asymmetric spatial principles of Japanese art. More than the book or the mirror, it is the back of the model’s dress, spread out in sinuous curves, as she bends to fix her hair, which forms the true subject of this painting.

“Matter, color and sound in motion are the phenomena whose simultaneous development makes up the new art.”

Lucio Fontana was born on this day in 1899. He is the father of the Italian postwar movement Spazialismo, which aimed to bring art and science together. Portrait of Antonin Artaud is on view in our 4th floor Collection Galleries. It is an “illustration” for a book by Otto Hahn, for which Fontana created punctured sheets of steel, brass, and plexiglass and kept them in a sculptural container.

[Lucio Fontana. Portrait of Antonin Artaud. 1968. Multiple of wood and enamel with one copper die-cut plate, one steel die-cut plate, two plexiglas die-cut plates and one artist’s book. Monroe Wheeler Fund. © 2017 Foundation Lucio Fontana]


Here is version 1 of a comic I did for my spatial final! I chose to make a comic for 3 different versions of Little Red Riding Hood

Version 2
Version 3