Flutter Hologram: Pendulum
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Flutter Hologram: Pendulum

2017
A hypnotising interplay of virtual butterflies within an antique bell jar that features a physical apparatus upon which they land.
A hypnotising interplay of virtual butterflies within an antique bell jar that features a physical apparatus upon which they land.
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Featuring differing butterfly species within a single bell jar, the first, and Eastern Orange Albatross native to Indonesia, is painted in an eye-catching blood-orange hue. The contrasting Common Yeoman possesses tawny orange, almost golden, wings that beat rapidly as it flies around its environment. They are accompanied by a third butterfly, a Chocolate Albatross from South East Asia. A brass ring is situated at the base of the bell jar, while a pendulum, suspended from the dome, acts as an apparatus upon which the butterflies land: an allusion to how life hangs in the balance.

In a passive state, the butterflies calmly inhabit the glass bell jar. Upon interaction, however, they flutter about excitedly, at times landing gracefully on the pendulum and the brass ring, while at others colliding with the objects.

"Fascination with the butterfly is not a recent phenomenon in the art world. From Vincent van Gogh to Salvador Dalí, the butterfly has presented itself as a timeless kindred spirit, offering a variety of interpretations many of which have had a long-standing presence in popular culture, film and literature, as well as art. With their enormous palette of colours, as well as their fragility and variety, butterflies have often been used to symbolise aspects of human nature. The wide range of interpretations is as far-reaching as the many species of butterfly found across the world. One of the more compelling in art history has been the representation of humanity’s capability for transformation. Contemporary artists of different mediums have grasped this historical precedence and upheld the numerous symbolic references, so that the butterfly has come to signify a ubiquitous theme: the duality of life and death. Dominic Harris has built upon these foundations by using the butterfly not only as an art piece, but also as a design object. The viewer is in the direct gaze of Harris’ interpretation as well as the butterfly’s natural creative spirit, allowing new discourses between the audience, the artist and these colourful insects to take shape."

Extract from essay by Harman Bains

Year:

2017

Edition:

Edition of 3 + 1 Artist Proof + 1 Museum Proof

Materials:

Code, electronics, screen, blown glass, acrylic, ply

Details:

Dimensions in MM:

440 (W) x 730 (H) x 600 (D) mm (excluding plinth)

Dimensions in INCHES:

17.3 (W) x 28.7 (H) x 23.6 (D) inches (excluding plinth)