Thursday, February 18, 2010

A transparent planar array

Big thanks out to Nate for an inspiring art ref: the works of David Spriggs. I bought a couple pads of large acetate sheets today to do dimensional experiments with. The next step will be working out a scaffold/framing to space them out.

Will an array of planes provide a reasonable medium to flow between stereoglyphic and an augmented latin alphabet? I'm a little skeptical that the loss of depth resolution will be of an order such that character legibility is acceptable, but I'm nonetheless excited to try it out.

Sprigg's Archaeology of Space (2008), a work of hung sheets (catenary curves presumably), seems to be Sprigg's sole violation of flat planar arrays. Though the flat grid approach seems perhaps most "invisible" or ignorable, adjacent cylinder surfaces (or concentric) may be another workable approach, particularly considering that many of the stereoglyphic letters I designed are constructed of helical skew curves.

A secondary idea about possible variants of this approach include the consideration of A) having the sheet spacing be dynamic via some mechanism, either trivial (multi-sheet edge connection "spine"; allow the viewer/reader to tangibly move the sheets) or complex (automated), and B) variable lighting.

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