The Fine Arts Library is currently exhibiting the lenticular print Atmospheric Optics XI (2009) by Megan Jenkinson, Associate Professor of Fine Arts.
This is an example of work created by Jenkinson as a result of her time as Antarctic Artist Fellow in 2005. She states that:
"[t]he Atmospheric Optics series draws together two parallel paths. First, an interest in the visual qualities of unstable, atmospheric effects such as mirages and the Aurora Australis phenomena, and second the exploratory and scientific descriptions and analyses of such effects. On the one hand the assertively objective view of science setting out to explain the world. On the other hand the unique, strange, and unworldly experience of a monochromatic and uninhabited landscape, that just when it is at its darkest and most lifeless, in the middle of the Polar night, it is lit up by the visually spectacular explosions of celestial colour” (Megan Jenkinson 23.11.09).
The print was donated by the artist in acknowledgement of the NICAI faculty research grant enabling her to investigate the lenticular print process.
The Getty Thesaurus of Art and Architecture defines the Lenticular Process as a "[p]hotographic processes that incorporate a screen of minute lenses into the film or print. Used for both stereoscopic photographs and to create the illusion of motion in static images" (2004).
The process results in a stereoscopic image (as shown below) where two or more photographs are taken of the same scene to create a three-dimensional image.
Click on the link to view the print's three dimensional properties.
The artists' book in the display case is also by Megan Jenkinson and is entitled Colour Codes (2008).
Lenticular processes. (2004). Retrieved 9 July, 2010, from http://www.getty.edu/vow/AATServlet?english=N&find=lenticular&logic=AND&page=1¬e=
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