360° / 18 Lilia

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About the work: 360° / 18 Lilia exploits the mathematical concept of ‘highly composite numbers’ and what the artist dubs ‘visual elasticity’ (a common thread in Leonard’s work). The number of photographs in this work totals 360, a highly composite number and one with an extraordinarily large number of divisors. This allowed for several timelines to be abstracted evenly from the set and to optimize the time it takes to syncopate again. The result is the face falls out of and back into order in the fewest frames possible. Human faces, bodies, and familiar objects are frequent subjects for the artist partly because of our innate ability to recognize the objects despite scrambling or distorting the image. A face, a subject with high visual elasticity, is especially resistant to being obscured or lost in pattern. Just as you see faces in wood grain, clouds, and shadows, your mind easily knits Lilia together even when fragmented. 

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