Digital Shimmer is a three-dimensional light sculpture in which colour, form and perception are manipulated to achieve a mesmerising display. Considered to be the ‘digital’ evolution to Harris’ earlier artwork, Shimmer, the piece focuses on the same fascination with colour studies and movements, but this time through electronic control. A continuously evolving palette of colours moves circularly within the confines of the mathematically designed structure. The catalyst in the process is the constantly shifting coloured lighting patterns that envelope the form, which itself is a response to the relative position of the viewer to the artwork.
"There’s a part of me that’s always wrestling with the idea that I should focus on a singular aspect of my work. So, should I work with the video pieces or should I work with the design objects? I think a long time ago I just gave up trying to decide and embraced the two. That’s why a lot of the pieces actually have this incredible overlap between a digital light framework and a mechanical framework, where no details are left undefined. Perhaps artworks such as Chess Block, Shimmer, Digital Shimmer and Baby Shimmer are very much about this relationship with light that I see in the digital pieces and the screen-based pieces. To me, light and colour are so important. Throughout my schooling, through high school and beyond, I’ve always been involved in theatre design, stage sets and lighting design. It meant as a 14 year old I had this experience that influences my art now. I remember when I was doing theatre, there was always the thing about actors who have to stay in character because they never know when they are going to be photographed. They need to look absolutely perfect and I kind of use that for my work: the idea that even if you’re watching one of the flowers in Bloomed doing something purely whimsical, like waving hello to you, if you were to take a still of it, it would always be in character. The stills of any of the artworks never look like they are doing anything out of place. It’s not until you see them in life and you see them in motion and actually living that you really comprehend their full story." - Dominic Harris
Extract from interview with Dominic Harris by Simon Quintero.
Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs
Electronics, code, GRG (glass-reinforced gypsum), metal
Dimensions in MM:
900 (W) x 900 (H) x 170 (D) mm
Dimensions in INCHES:
35.4 (W) x 35.4 (H) x 6.7 (D) inches