Anthesis & Artifacts

An MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Denver Botanic Gardens. October 25th - November 8th, 2015. Opening Sunday, October 25th at 2PM.

I will be on-site in the space Sundays, 10/25, 11/1 and 11/8 from 2-5PM to hang out and speak about the work.

Please note that General Admission to the Gardens applies and that the last admission daily is 4pm. 

Through the use of particle field simulations, Anthesis & Artifacts examines the eternal but fleeting threshold where becoming is at the edge of being. The latent gives rise to the nascent, emerging for a moment and leaving behind a husk - an artifact - that can show us only what seems to have been and only point to what might be. The flux and flow of particles leave traces in their wake, afterimages that appear as concrete structures - phytomimetic forms that recall seeds, flowers, vines and trees both of this world and from worlds beyond. They grow, blossom, expand or tassel out in revelation of hidden potentials or fold in on themselves, concealing the majesty within. Though indicators of vectors of force that may be revisited, the stable forms - the beings - are static, an echo of time past. It is at the edges, where form is undefined, that we engage with their becoming in the eternal now.

About the show

The work is a site-specific piece exploring bio-mimetic forms and growth over time. Presented as a triptych, the center screen is generally a space where growth occurs slowly and implies larger vegetative structures such as vines and trees or fungus and root systems. The two side screens generate forms more akin to buds, seeds, and blossoming flowers, but also recall artifacts or symbols like the Tibetan Dorje or the Egyptian scarab and Eye of Horus. 

At the start of the show the particles will have very short lifespans, resulting in clouds that imply future densities and formations. Over time, these particles begin to "live" longer, having more opportunity to unfurl and paint the pathways that the invisible force-fields guide them through. In many ways the final outcomes are still unknown even to me. For those who are able to attend more than once, there should be echoes of familiar forms, but very different manifestations each day. Though no direct interaction is perceivable, the final outcomes are irreversibly changed by the presence of the audience over the course of the show.

While designed for the context of the Denver Botanic Gardens, I hope to continue developing this vocabulary of long form interaction and growth in future iterations of the project.

Special thanks

I want to thank all of my faculty, colleagues and peers at the University of Denver, Emergent Digital Practices for their incredible support and inspirational work over the years. I truly could not have done it without them. A special thanks to Timothy Weaver for his critical insights and for never letting me settle for less than more. From the Denver Botanic Gardens I would like to thank Kim Manajek for believing in me and making this show possible and Jen Tobias for doing all the ground work with me to make it a reality. This work would also not be possible without the development efforts, collaboration and friendship of NoiseFold co-founder David Stout. Finally, I must thank my lovely wife, Joanna, for being there in every way.