David Spriggs’ Illusionary 3D Art
At first glance, ‘Red’, looks like a huge blob of red smoke rising from the ground, but a closer look and, the image transforms into 3D space where the colour is objectified.
This is a unique technique developed by David Spriggs, a British-Canadian artist, to paint on multiple transparent sheets which are stacked together to create an illusionary experience.
Each form he creates looks suspended in space and the viewer’s perception changes as he navigates around the installation. Its an interesting technique, which seems simple and not hidden from the viewer, yet, it exudes a sense of mystery and wonder.
David Spriggs explains more about this to FractalEnlightenment, “I developed my technique in 1999 after considering the notion of painting not on a flat surface but through three-dimensional space. I was also interested in thinking about transparency not just as a property of light but as a medium itself. This lead to the layering process and to what I now call strata-perspective.”
Each work consists of anywhere between 18 to 400 separate transparent planes that are painted on and layered specifically through space. The one below called ‘Vision’ is simply white paint airbrushed on transparent sheets and the outcome is stunning; the image looks like an implosion as well as an explosion.
Spriggs’s art is fascinating since it’s not confined/restricted to one particular form, it can take various forms and meaning, based on the viewer’s perception and the angle. Speaking of his source of inspiration behind such convincing illusions, Spriggs says, “My inspiration comes mostly from science, art, and philosophy. They all overlap in many ways. I’m very interested in current science on the nature of time and space, notably the research at CERN. I keep coming back to the ideas of Jean Baudrillard on simulation, Paul Virilio’s notions of how technology collapses space, and the Futurist’s concepts of the form without boundaries. I’m also a big fan of the Light and Space artists of the 60’s, and contemporaries like James Turrell, Anish Kapoor, and Ollafur Elliasson.”
Another interesting and massive installation was ‘Stratachrome: the Saga of Green’, which uses the same green screen used in cinema. There are different symbols within the work and the meanings connected through all these symbols.
Currently Spriggs is working on a series of Stratachrome installations that explore the symbolic, historical, and perceptual elements of colour. His new work Blue will be exhibited in New York in October.