Laser Beams | Manifest Dreams
An online exhibition of lasercut sculptures.
Laser Beams | Manifest Dreams
An online exhibition of lasercut sculptures.
The internal desire to express one’s self visually, is an instinct, dating back to ancient civilizations spanning the world. The progression in ability and experience with their medium, only motivates the creator to further realize their vision. The inspiration that overwhelmed me when I united with my laser cutter, brought upon the idea for this project. The goal was to develop a new body of sculptures within a year and present it in an “online solo exhibition.” I wanted to connect with a broader audience and provide an opportunity for those who resonate with my work, to view and obtain it, all in one place.
This is what was manifested.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Sculptures may be viewed in more detail by clicking on images.
- Each piece in the gallery is available for purchase by claiming the reward with the corresponding title.
- By contributing to this project, you reserve a copy of the sculpture of choice.
- The original works pictured are not included in the limited project editions, however, you will receive an exact reproduction, signed and numbered.
- Once the edition sells out, it will be discontinued.
- Fabrication of the work purchased will begin once the project ends.
Amidst the year of creation, the natural ebb and flow of life occurs. A lot of this work comes from a place of positive manifestation, but also an innate means of persevering through internal struggle and darkness. However, without shadow there is no light, and through one’s will power (and coping mechanisms), growth can be achieved. This project has become a reflection of personal evolution, and the objects transmuted from the interconnection of mental and creative progression.
I am honored to share this work. I am not usually one to share my thoughts and emotions publicly, but to present this work in its truest sense, I would like to offer more insight into the technical practices and conceptual beliefs behind it all.
Human existence is seemingly a journey for identity and understanding. We search our whole lives for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. No matter where you come from on this planet, those ideals are a common connection amongst us all. Despite the differences, we share synchronicities in our culture, our way of life, and desire to create. Something that has always fascinated me, is the use of pattern, symbolism, and motif, to express the visual identity of society around the world. It is a universal language we all understand.
Through my work, I seek inspiration from the vast library of cultural imagery that has been produced throughout world history. I am particularly drawn to architecture and the intricacies of design used to construct and adorn structures. Some of the most beautiful examples are found at the “power centers” of society. They serve a function, providing the community with a place to congregate, converse, and co-exist. There is an energy that lives within these structures, and in the intention in which they were created.
The vision I present in my sculpture is one that comes from recognition of this global collection of visual dialect. Taking influence from these sacred symbols and trying to find the shape of my own identity. An endeavor to share my perspective as a human, seeking connection and unification with the world around us.
Each piece begins as a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator. Occasionally, I have a rough idea, but I generally approach my design with no pre-conceived thoughts or sketches. The mind wanders and experiments, allowing the process to unfold and grow naturally with what feels right. Through years of research and experience, the imagery tends to come as instinct, and the process is what ultimately guides the result. Patterns and geometry work synonymously. There are principles of angles, rotations, tessellations, symmetry, etc. that are learned over time, as well as an understanding of how to work with these forms in translation to physical materials and laser fabrication.
The designs are created through layers. Beginning with the top, elements are introduced, connected, and taken away as it moves to the last layer at the bottom. Once completed, the laser is used to cut out each layer in an individual piece of birch plywood. The machined panels are then finished using various tones of wood stain to create gradients, highlighting depth and contrast throughout the piece. Each panel is then stacked and adhered together by hand.
I am a firm believer in the idea that it is not the quality of the material that makes a piece of fine art, but the skilled craft and precision, honed over time, which is needed to create the art, is what transforms the quality of the material. I use precision techniques and machinery to make my work as perfect as I possibly can, but much like life itself, there are certain things beyond our control. Certain defects can occur in the materials that become apparent later in the fabrication process. The fragility of some pieces, the human hand involved in the finishing, assembling, and transportation of the work, can cause imperfections or flaws over time. Similar to individuals and existence, it is all the random occurrences and experiences that form our beauty and make us unique.
LIFE | MUSIC | TITLES:
Music is another one of those universal languages that I don’t think I could live without. It is a necessity to my existence, helping me relate to my emotions, providing a rhythm for my mind to grasp on to, and energy to channel into my creations. It is incredible to feel connected to the work of others who are just trying to express themselves as well. Sound and vibration are proven to have a physical effect on the body, and resonating with the message or pure expression of music has a much deeper effect on the soul. I have so much respect and admiration for musicians, and I wanted to give somewhat of a tribute to most of my favorites.
The pieces in this project are titled with names of songs from artists I listen to while working. I chose the titles to correspond with the different stages of progression in the body of work, in tandem, a contemplation of the progression one goes through during different stages of their life. We begin in periods of contentment, assured in our morals and practices. Ups and downs occur, leading to shifts in the way we view things. It reaches the low point, succumbing to the darkness, before we begin to see what we learn, and how we grow from our experiences.
I wanted to maintain a theme of only using one-word titles that correspond with my metaphysical beliefs. Although I could not find song titles of theirs that fit in this motif, there are many other musicians not listed that I wish I could give honor to as well. The artists included below have been a part of my audio landscape for years, intertwined with the emphasis of positive periods, helping to push through harder times, and everything in between. Their offerings to this world have influenced me in ways that have shaped my being as a whole, and have inspired me to find my voice in what I want to contribute to the collective consciousness.
In order of creation:
- Desire – Kamasi Washington
- Humility – Kamasi Washington
- Priorities – Dopapod
- Ritual – Papadosio
- Rules – Khruangbin
- Integrity – Kamasi Washington
- Sense – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
- Attachments – Umphreys Mcgee
- Changes – Sugar Candy Mountain
- Goodbyes – Jordan Rakei
- Jealousy – Chicano Batman
- Misinterpretations – Moonchild
- Perspective – Kamasi Washington
- Remembrance – Yussef Kamaal
- Seasons – Thundercat
- Thinking – Louis Cole
- Empty – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
- Languid – Little Tybee
- Stressin’ – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
- Possibilities – Sound Tribe Sector Nine
- Epiphany – Papadosio
- Harmony – Dumbo Gets Mad
- Connections – Kamasi Washington
- Resolve – Tauk
- Knowledge – Kamasi Washington
- Truth – Kamasi Washington
One of the most intrinsic albums to this project is Kamasi Washington’s The Harmony of Difference. I felt such an affinity to the music and concepts of this EP, which further inspired the naming of this body of work. A six-part suite, highlighting diversity and similarity, where the first five arrangements are their own original composition, all fusing together in the sixth, to create a harmonious balance of separate melodies. The connection of philosophy in Kamasi’s words and virtuosity truly resonates strongly within my soul.
I have never done anything like this before, presenting my work on a platform such as this, and opening the window for others to peek into my mind and life. I have reservations about seeking validation and self-worth through my creations, and the social media driven society we are a part of. There is no way around it though, that as an artist, you need people to purchase your work, so that you can continue to pursue your dreams. I truly hope that others will resonate with what I am doing, and see the genuineness I am trying to offer to the universe. This is the most important thing I have done in my life so far, and "honored" would be an understatement to express how much it means to have you along for the journey. With all the gratitude in my being, thank you for looking, reading, and considering contributing to this project.
Risks and challenges
Dependent on the potential audience this project may reach, the amount of work that will need to be produced could become more than anticipated. Estimated shipping dates could become delayed, but I will do my best to get everything out as soon as possible, and communicate with backers as much as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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