Television graphics animator by day, his job requires him to think about the viewing experience and how to engage an audience that is stationary and focused on a confined space. In conceptualizing a new series of artwork he wanted to think outside those constraints by creating the image through a viewer’s vantage point. Activating the viewer to change their position results in an entirely unique experience for every person.
To achieve his goal, he combines a traditional painting technique called pointillism with wood dowels to create a 2D image that varies in color and design depending on the angle it’s viewed from. Each 2″ dowel is painted a certain color and glued in place within a grid to construct an image. When viewed straight on, a series of colored dots forms an image against a white background. As you shift your viewing angle the once predictable pattern suddenly begins to blend into a mix of color and optical illusion. The results achieve both a functional and aesthetic experience that Matt set out to accomplish.