Paul Farmer Artist
Macro Photography + Op Art = Digital Collage
Lichen Specimen + Local Plants = Context
Photographic Prints + QR Code = Interactivity
Animation + Sound = (G)LI(T)CHEN
Contact: Paul Farmer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All images are copyrighted © by Paul Farmer. © COPYRIGHT 2021. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
This body of work, titled (G)LI(T)CHEN, follows a progression from macro photo documentation to Op Art digital collages to video animation. My artistic research concerns the impact of nitrous oxide pollution on lichen populations, which are bioindicators for the greenhouse gas and allow scientists to track changes in air quality.
The optical illusions seen here are geometric structures with unstable dimensions and remind us to question what we see. For interactivity, viewers may scan QR codes next to the images to see animated versions of the work. The videos consist of sequences that combine sound with rhythmic changes in abstract textural imagery.
This project received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina, the Burke Arts Council, the Caldwell Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Rock School Arts Foundation, the Hiddenite Center, Iredell Arts Council, and McDowell Arts Council Association.