Since the 10th Century stained glass has been treated as a sophisticated art form, often symbolically depicting romance and religion. Though the fundamentals have remained the same, the medium has a rich visual history of artist experimentation through many different stylistic periods.
In “Stained Glass: Arboretum”, new life is brought to this aged technique, re-imagining what a stained glass window can become when digitally manipulated by the onward gaze of the viewer who in turn becomes an active participant. Whereas stained glass was historically a technique to communicate tales and events, Harris’s artwork conversely reflects this history through its movement and transmutability. As the representation of a fantastical tree structure floats within the artwork, a flurry of foliage grows upon the branches only to soon fall to the ground in a gentle eddy of seasonal colours.
Signature: Signed certificate by artist
Image rights: Priveekollektie & Dominic Harris
PAD London 2016; Art Miami 2016
About Dominic Harris
Since establishing Cinimod Studio, a multi-disciplinary, London-based practice in 2007, artist and designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his digitally-driven works of interactive art. Harris has devoted recent years to seamlessly blending natural phenomena with complex code through integrated electronics and innovative fabrication techniques. Inspired by the architectural interventions of James Turrell and Dan Flavin, Dominic offers viewers a sublime experience of their surrounding environment in his surreal installations that wryly illuminate the effect of digital culture on human perception in the information age. One of the artist’s most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.
British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom