I used my skills as a light painter to work on the idea of the light painting sculpture. I almost want to say a kinetic light sculpture because of the look and the feeling it gives, but in reality these are all movements done by hand in a studio on a black background with the new light tools Sylvain Lavoie and I built. They are all pure light painted done in one stroke. We shot video and photography simultaneously. The target size was 1920×560. Since I didn’t have enough cameras for the shoot, I needed two more, I shot left side and right side separately. While I was shooting, used my imagination, intuition and memory to connect both sides of the lights at the ends frames. Later when editing, I “glued” the right and the left together in After Effects.
It took a month of R&D and a lot of testing to get to this final edit, to this level of simplicity. During these weeks of edit, I was working to get to the essence of the piece, staying truthful to the vision and shooting. I took out everything that didn’t belong in, like a sculptor who carves away every little piece to unravel the purest form.
Later while I finished rendering all the effects, I searched for music that could fit the images. I came across the song Decay by Monolake, an artist I’ve been admiring for a long time. I tried it with the images and the fit is perfect.
I’ve been considering that light painting is four dimensional art for a while but this is the first time I mentioned it. This is exemplary.
This piece is a good example where you can see and experience the four dimensions at work simply because the light cumulates through space and time to create a final image. It’s the cumulation of all the pieces that creates the final moment, the complete picture.
I see this video as a meditative experience that tickles the imagination and relaxes the mind.
The pictures here below are exactly what was shot in studio with out any alteration or retouching. Click to open
One of these pictures was used for the cover of the NewScientist in 2012. This was a great honour since I’m a fan of science and I believe that art and science should collaborate together more and more to open up new possibilities and create new worlds.