My final work, Synthesized Landscape is a multi-media installation currently on exhibit in the Miller Gallery, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. It is a barren synthesized landscape of glass, metal light and sound. This work is both a reaction to and an exploration of synthesized nature. As I continually become aware of our cultures desire to recreate the natural landscapes we destroyed in our quest of progress and greatness, I wonder how far the desire and ability to recreate what was destroyed will go. I want to take a simple horizon of trees and abstract and minimalize it, systematically replacing elements of its natural identity with elements that are created from stock industrial products. How far will this allow the minimization and abstraction of nature to go before it no longer speaks of having been derived its intention from nature. My source materials are all of industrial descent. The glass is a scientific rod stock produced by Corning for scientific industry. The electrical components are all common building materials. The sound element was synthesized from white noise. It was an important element to the work that everything be constructed/fabricated/created from very basic industrial stock.
This installation is mounted directly to the wall and is twelve feet (12’) wide. This is an important dimension (12’) because for this work to be successful as a horizon, the work must span the peripheral vision of the viewer standing between 4’-6’ from the work. The thirty components of glass are set into metal electrical junction boxes mounted in a line, evenly spaced across the span and at a height of fifty-five inches. The elements are connected with wires to provide the voltage to the LEDs inside the individual elements. The wires are installed in a pattern resembling a root structure to the horizon live of glass branch elements, all tracing back to the visible electronic components (Arduino). Also installed in conjunction with the electronics will be a speaker system to provide the sounds.