2018, glass, Gelrite, dyes
Decay, is a general name for research in collaboration with María Boto and Laboratorieumbio at KASK, Ghent over the behavioral characteristic of dyes in gell solution, encapsulated in specifically designed glass forms. While the transparent glass allows light and heat to interact with the dyes, the gel solution has a porous structure where dyes can further mix trough time. Following the agential intra-connection the objects are in continuous transformation and confronting the preservational static notion of dimensional art objects.
The gell medium (Gelrite), where the dyes are injected is produced by bacteria (Sphingomonas elodea) naturally found in the lily tissue. This particular gell is chosen for its clear, optical properties compared to agar. The substance is a blending medium for green Spirulina, fluorescent pink from Phycoerythrin algae, dark red to violet from cochineal bug, methyl blue tracing dye, a synthetic dietary supplement (Astaxanthin), colouring the farmed salmon, and orange carotene. Small glass tubes inside the objects hold pure samples of the dyes. Due to light and temperature in the hall, the different dyes mix, and fade-away trough time, while the gelatin changes its porous consistency.
The project was presented at:
NOVA XX 2019 – group exhibition at Wallonie-Brussels Centre, Paris, 29th November – 5th January 2020
KIKK festival 2019 – Digital & Creative Cultures festival, Namur, 31st October – 3 November
SEEING TOGETHER: A Synopsis – group exhibition, Zwarte Zaal, KASK/ School of Arts, Ghent, 18th September – 6th October
Solo exhibition ‘Light Matters’ at Cunst-link, Brussels, 2019
BAZA award, Sofia City Gallery, 2018
Co-produced and presented by KIKK festival, Namur
My gratitude to María Boto, KASK, Ghent, Eric Pipien and Bloe van Eeckhout (glass atelier, LUCA, Ghent)