Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
Bruce Pashak
Bird of Paradise (ed. of 3)
59 x 46 Inches
3-D lenticular process from painted/drawn image mounted into a custom-built light box

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The 3-D lenticular process is a new form of art-making that allows the viewer to experience an image in 3-D without the aid of 3-D glasses. The process is a complex one that involves multi-layered printing procedures. The use of lenticular printing in my latest series adds another layer to this process that further broadens the experience for the viewer. It is the combination of 3-D lenticular processes with my painted/drawn images (the union of studio practice with technology) that challenges our perceptions of art and its effect on culture. It is this unique union that gives this series its strength and integrity.

Lenticular printing is a technology used to produce images with an illusion of depth. It is a multi-step process consisting of creating a lenticular art form from at least two images (in my work, there are three images) and combining it with a “lenticularcorto” lens. Once the various images are collected, they are flattened into individual, different frame files and then digitally combined into a single final file in a process called “interlacing”. The interlaced image is printed directly to the back of the lens. The resulting effect is a 3-D image visible to the naked eye.

“Bird of Paradise”, depicts a dynamic hummingbird hovering over a multi-coloured surface containing layers of various textual fonts and sizes. Floating delicately in front of the bird and surface text are popish coloured bubbles. From the dominant text “EFFUSIVENESS” that circles the hummingbird in a halo-like light to the ephemeral bubbles that float randomly in the foreground; the elements in this work take on a quality of illusiveness. They portend a fragile Utopian state that is both fleeting and ethereal. What seems euphoric and blissful is also unattainable, like grasping bubbles, like the fractured moment of perceiving a hovering hummingbird; we are often deeply challenged on the road to the unattainable realm of desire.

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