Laser Cutting: Andrew F. Scott Activates the Cube With Light December 17, 2008Posted by afsart in laser.
Ode to Scotty:
As I was sitting at the laser the other day building this sculpture my mind turned to my late father James C. Scott. Scotty as he was called by everyone who knew and loved him, worked for the ACME box folding company in Brooklyn, New York. Every day when he came home he had a light coating of cardboard dust all over his body. It was always my job to draw his bath when he arrived home from work. When he realized that I had an interest in art he would often bring home scrap pieces of cardboard for me to draw on or to construct things with. I told someone the other day that somewhere he is smiling because I don’t think that in his wildest dreams he could imagine that one day his son would be using computers and lasers to make art using cardboard. Life is always one big circle.
In computer graphics the bounding box is an imaginary box that surrounds your geometric data. It defines the extents of your object in three dimensional space. In Star Trek Holo-Deck terms it can also be used to define the spatial domain of any imaginary world that engages a three dimensional space. In this work I wanted to explore the idea of a bounding box and the activation and containment of space.
In an earlier post on Serial Sculptural Forms I talked about the work of Johnathon Anderson. During the winter break I collaborated with Johnathon on a series of sculptural light forms. One of the things that we talked about during the brain storming and modeling phase of the project was the need to focus on both the internal and external contours of the forms that we were creating. We also wanted to take advantage of the transparent and translucent nature of cardboard as a material. In creating the lamps I began to see the potential for spatial activation and containment using this material.
The three dimensional model was sliced into a series of serial planes that defined the topology of the form. These cross sections were cut out of corrugated cardboard using the laser cutter. Once cut the sections were stacked to create the cube. The cube was then illuminated from the bottom using a light. As the viewer moves through space and peers through the cube the figure contained within the bounding box transforms, conceals and reveal itself through the corrugation of the cardboard. The figure has a holographic quality.
The first composition has a very subtle quality. In constructing the second composition the internal structure of the cube was opened up and the outline topology of the figure became more apparent within the bounding box. Additionally, the internal figure exhibited anistropic highlights as you move around the box. Both of these works need to be considered slowly. They are not the type of things that you can engage immediately. They make you slow down and look at them deeply. Click to view images from the Bounding Box series.