DR GREG DUNN & DR BRIAN EDWARDS | PHOTOSYNTHESIS
DR GREG DUNN & DR BRIAN EDWARDS
b. 1979 & b. 1980
22k handmade gilded microetching
Overall: 35 ½ by 27 ½ in. (90.1 by 69.8 cm.)
Executed in 2017, this work is number 3 from an edition of 10.
Courtesy of the artist
This work is in very good condition overall. All elements are present and stable. There are minor scuffs and scratches to the surface of the microetching, visible upon close inspection. There are custom colored light bulbs with electrical components that accompany the work. Framed under glass. Please note that these microetchings are designed to evolve based on the moving perspective of the viewer and are impossible to capture in still images. The images included are different views of the current lot. Please contact the department for installation images of the work.
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Courtesy of the artist
Microetchings are handmade lithographs that manipulate light on a microscopic scale to control the reflectivity of metallic surfaces in precise ways. These techniques were invented by Dr. Greg Dunn and his colleague Dr. Brian Edwards in order to change the way in which the viewer experiences a painting. These microetchings are designed to evolve based on the moving perspective of the viewer and are impossible to capture in still images.
When the viewer walks past the piece from left to right, the etching animates the movement of water and nutrients collected from the soil which move through the xylem. These materials are delivered to the millions of living cells in the leaf. When walking from right to left, the etching animates the movements of sugars synthesized in the leaves which are transported through the phloem to feed the remainder of the plant.