I have always been fascinated by the distorted light forms that are sometimes created as I turn off my TV. I never really thought about what caused this or why it was so intriguing. Aisleone recently did a post from an artist by the name of Stephan Tillmans who did some experimental photography with this exact subject. The series is called Luminant Point Arrays. There is quite the nostalgia as I spent time looking at each composition.
The Luminant Point Arrays open a dialogue between the relationship of abstraction and concretion in photography. The images show cathode-ray-tube televisions being switched off. The television picture breaks down and creates a structure of light. The breakdown of the television picture describes the breakdown of external reference. The product is self-referential, concrete photography.
Check out more from there series here.
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Amazing remix and such a rad video of Crystal Castles’ “Not in Love” featuring Robert Smith of The Cure. I love the analog feel. It looks as if they distorted VHS footage to create the music video.
I’ve been busy like crazy lately and I can’t recall where I came across Josh Vanover‘s. I’m thinking it was most likely on ffffound. I was really intrigued by his use of distortion with a (most likely) television image process. I created a typography project last fall in the graphic design program at Sac State where I used a very similar process. I am planning a shoot with The New Humans some time before this year ends and the project will reminisce a similar but very different treatment to this series.
Check out more of Josh Vanover’s on Behance and his site. The photos are featured in a series which can be found on his flickr by his name spaceknuckle.