Saving Frank Stella
Mimicking visual fluorescence
In the sixties, fluorescent paint entered the psychedelic art scene. The paint gives the illusion of emitting light by transforming invisible UV light to visible light. Although there are many practical applications for this invention, it was also used by artists such as Frank Stella. However, his artworks are now deteriorating and the fluorescence effect is hardly visible. In this project, we will try to create a physical light installation that creates the illusion of fluorescent paint. The starting point is to investigate human perception of light and shadow, and how emitted and reflected light are dissociated.
This project will be a collaboration with Stephanie de Winter from Leuven University, more info about her work in Frank Stella and fluorescent paint can be found here: https://grappaproject.eu/fluo-colors/