Perception and its fallacies

Embarking on my artistic journey in September 07, I set out to explore a variety of approaches to the investigation and interpretation of the world around us and the expression and communication of the resulting insights. This may sound impressive (or pretentious, depending on your slant...), but all I have been doing, really, is to try out different media and develop my own techniques, while thinking a lot about how I could or could not use them for my own purposes and to communicate my own ideas.

By the end of my one-year career break, I could group my portfolio into two main categories of paintings, plus a few more ideas that were still developing. All my paintings are based on designs that I created on the computer – using software I wrote myself – and then painted on canvas. They are either moiré paintings, or painted stereograms.

A moiré pattern is the interference pattern that you see when you overlay two similar but slightly different gratings. My moiré paintings make use of that effect to give the impression of two- and three-dimensional shapes where all there really is is stripes on a flat canvas. In large format, these paintings can create some striking effects that change with the angle and distance from which you view them.

Stereograms have a long history in computer graphics, with plenty of posters and books devoted to them, but you won't find a lot of hand painted stereograms around. My stereogram paintings start out as computer graphics, but are then painted on canvas. That puts some special constraints on the stereogram, because painting the pixels of a random-dot or textured stereogram would be pretty difficult... Hence, the 3D image of these stereograms are not very spectacular. (For more interesting images in that respect, see my stereogram gallery.)

There were a few more ideas I was – and still am – exploring. Some involved the exciting combination of stereograms and sculpture and got as far as the proposal stage, while others are still brewing.