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Photos or Paint? Artist Blurs the Line

Friday, January 27, 2017

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Melting a metal can produce some interesting artwork that tricks the eye, one Swiss photographer has learned.

Fabian Oefner’s latest collection features photographs of bismuth, a silvery metal that offers “essentially the colors of the rainbow” when it is melted and comes in contact with oxygen, Wired writes.

The colorful images, which could pass for paintings from a distance, were created by melting bismuth in a hot plate and using a spatula to remove a layer of the liquid medium.

Once removed, Oefner said he spread the metal onto an even surface to watch it cool. As the metal cooled, different colors appeared on the surface. Oefner reportedly took about 2,000 photographs of the process over two weeks.

Defined by Chance

“Since the artist only has limited control with the spatula and the occurring colors depend greatly on the current temperature of the metal, the final composition is very much defined by chance,” according to a project description.

The final collection, “Photographic Paintings,” is comprised of seven photographs, with seemingly random colors and textures. Design Boom provides an up-close examination of the work.

“It’s pushing the limit until you finally find something that’s new and intriguing,” Oefner told Wired.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Artists; Color; Color + Design; Design; Metals

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