Concentricity, 2019 (Materials) | hypodermic needles, Steel, Industrial Computer,
Compressed Air Components, Alumnium Dishes. | Dimensions: ❬4.5m x 4.5m x 5m❭ Photographer: Peter William Holden @ Westflügel, Leipzig, Germany.
Do you know that feeling when you've taken LSD and, while observing a non-descript object, a jolt suddenly hits you? You notice an incredible wealth of details! Something you thought was mundane is actually incredibly beautiful with textures and surfaces that you've never contemplated before. The more you look, the more you discover. You're sucked, into a concentric universe where the visible stretches out to what seems like infinity, in a familiar way, similar to mirrors positioned before one another. Experiences like this stay with you, a reminder never to forget the intrinsic beauty within everything, a refresh to a childlike state where everything is wondrous.
One summer, while caught in a violent storm and sheltering under a motorway flyover. I was taking great pleasure watching raindrops fall in randomly scattered puddles. Contemplating the beautiful concentric circles, the way they seemingly danced across the puddles in my field of vision. I had a revelation of how strange it would be if suddenly the random patterns began to correlate! What information could they communicate? "Concentricity" is the investigation of that concept, my endeavor to give a language/meaning to the droplets.
The artwork consists of eight identical water-filled dishes arranged in a circular pattern on the floor. Suspended meters above these dishes lies the sculptural apparatus with its glistening tubing, hypodermic needles, bottles, and valves. Beyond that, clamped to the central shaft is the computer containing algorithms to synthesize and choreograph rain droplets. The subsequent concentric circles that form as water droplets hit the surface of the water pools below become projected onto an adjacent wall via a focused beam of light reflecting the water surface. Thus, making the animation visible to the observer.