Lichen Constellation No.10

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Structural Indicators No.5

Kings Pinacle, Crowders Mountain State Park, NC

Shenandoah National Park, VA

Lichen Constellation No. 2

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Lichen Constellation No.8

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Structural Indicators No.7

​​Macro Photography: 

Research for this project takes the form of photo-documentation.

The macro photography then becomes the source of imagery for the photomontages.

Dixon School Road Boulder Field, NC

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*Inspiration from Josef Albers' Structural Constellation series. Many thanks to the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

​​Video Art: 

The photographic prints are  each contain a QR Code that leads the viewer to an animated version of that particular design on Vimeo. 
The designs are layered, animated, and sometimes glitchy. The human created sounds add contrast to the organic nature of the lichen. 

Structural Indicators No.6

South Mountains State Park, NC

Structural Indicators No.5

​Living Sculpture​:

Lichen samples collected locally and used to create arrangements of living specimens. This also includes additional educational information about their function as bio indicators and the damaging effects of nitrogen pollution.

​​Lichen are symbiotic organisms composed of fungi, green alga and cyanobacterium. They are an indicator species for nitrogen oxides- green house gases emitted from vehicle exhaust, and the burning of coal, oil, diesel fuel, and natural gas, especially from electric power plants. These unstable forms nitrogen contribute to climate change and acid rain. Since they receive all their nutrients from the air, lichen act as a "canary in the coal mine" for nitrogen pollution. 

Lichen Constellation No.11

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Lichen Constellation No. 4.5

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Structural Indicators No.3

Macro Photography + Op Art = Photomontage

Photographic Prints + QR Code = Interactivity

Viewer Interaction + Animation + Sound = (G)LI(T)CHEN

Lichen Specimen  + Local Plants = Living Sculpture

​​​Op Art:

The photographs are digitally cut and arranged into geometric designs* with unstable dimensions, sharply contrasting  the organic lichen structures.

Paul Farmer