T.J. Hogan

My realization that everything we see is light reflecting back to our eyes, and my memory of the moving lights of the Aurora Borealis, encouraged me to explore light, time and motion as my sculpture medium.

This pursuit combines present day technologies such as programming microprocessors to run servos, video, electronics and rear projection cast glass with older more traditional materials. Light is manipulated by video footage and projected on to an experimental surface such as a cast glass sculpture or handmade Japanese paper.  This process animates the static three-dimensional qualities of the surface and incorporates an element of time, motion and rhythm.  In these experiments, the goal is to re-define how video is perceived by moving beyond standardized formats and merging its narrative with three-dimensional sculpture.

Within each frame of video, one has creative control of light, color and motion. I look at this sequence as a moving canvas, which allows me to narrate the events of a day or a major event and/or my memory of those events. The narratives question perception and strive to move beyond the object by creating a living and personal experience. Central to my interest in these projects is the dimension of time and how its forces of decay and its transitory nature are inescapable.