FLORA
light drawings

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.

 
FLORA wave

FLORA wave

FLORA beauty

FLORA beauty

FLORA dancer

FLORA dancer

FLORA curtain

FLORA curtain

FLORA flower

FLORA flower

FLORA totem

FLORA totem

FLORA flow

FLORA flow

FLORA vagina

FLORA vagina

FLORA loom

FLORA loom

FLORA flowerscape

FLORA flowerscape

Process

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.

 
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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.

 
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FLORA flowerscape detail

FLORA flowerscape detail

Editions

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.

 
FLORA vagina | small edition

FLORA vagina | small edition

FLORA olive tree | small edition

FLORA olive tree | small edition

FLORA wave | small edition

FLORA wave | small edition

FLORA wall