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Surface Tension

posted on 2023-08-24, 04:37 authored by Lienors TorreLienors Torre
Surface Tension



Brunswick Street Gallery

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Surface Tension is one work in a solo exhibition entitled Peripheral Vision: Surface Tension. The exhibition coincided with the AusGlass Conference 2023 and was listed as a satellite activity. The surface of objects can be deceptive and ambiguous. The works in this exhibition use glass, animated imagery, and themes of the waterlily to elicit gentle entanglements between leaf and water, object and place, while also acknowledging the material surface of the cinematic screen and its ability to conceal and reveal image.

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Background Historically animation studies focus on screen-based works. By investigating the apparatus and screen materiality, this work questions how they inform each other and contributes to new ways of experiencing the screen-based image. It also lays the groundwork for further investigation of the animated form. Contribution Surface Tension explores the materiality of the cinematic screen and how it can conceal and reveal image. It comprises a cyclical animation projected onto a large custom-made lens. The optical nature of the lens magnifies and brings into focus the image at its centre but at the same time it conceals the image close to its edge. As a result, there is visual loss in the periphery of the image. Peripheral Vision refers to how our stories are told, and that the dominant version exists alongside many others. Surface Tension refers to the nature of water, the metaphor of the subjects explored and the surface and materiality of the screen. Significance This exhibition was mentioned as an auxiliary event at the AusGlass Conference 2023. It was visited by conference attendees as well as the wider public. As a result of this exhibition and my ongoing work in this field I have been asked to contribute a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Animation Studies Vol. 2.


1 sculptural glass artwork with projected animation


Peripheral Vision: Surface Tension


Brunswick Street Gallery

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