platinum/palladium light drawings, 2016
concept, code and images: Philipp Artus
laser engine: Jakob Penca
The FLORA light drawings are traces of abstract motion frozen in time. All the shapes are generated by the FLORA algorithm which is based on my studies of animation and locomotion. When working with the FLORA installation I take a huge amount of snapshots, similar to a photographer. Out of this preselection there are a few shapes that seem to become alive, which then become part of the FLORA light drawing series.
To create these light drawings I developed a unique printing method that combines analogue photography and a laser projector. The laser "draws" with light directly onto the sensitized surface of the paper, which results in extremly thin and delicate lines.
In order to sensitize the paper I use the chemicals of platinum/palladium printing – an alternative photographic process based on noble metals that react to ultraviolet light. This process offers an exceptionally large tonal range, is very permanent and results in a non-reflective surface that looks similar to a charcoal drawing.
Besides the large size light drawings, there is also a smaller edition with a size around 12x12cm. These silent images have a subtle appearance and draw particular attention to the thin dimension of the lines.