DOUG & MIKE STARN
Absorption of Light
December 6, 2001 - February 2, 2002
Structure of Thought Attracted to Light Black Pulse Ganjin

Black Pulse is the flow of absorbed light through the architecture of darkness built from light.

These leaves are the discarded cardiovascular and respiratory system of trees. Through photorespiration, sunlight is inhaled and activates the process of manufacturing carbon, turning light into darkness as it streams through the leaves' veins creating the body the tree. Dropping from their branches after the long summer weeks, the leaves are curled up and brittle, only veins remain.

These works are created from digital files made from transmissive and reflective scans of actual leaves. Through very detailed manipulations, the files are then digitally processed in a 3D program, making them into virtual counterparts to real leaves. They are printed on rice paper, which is then coated with Albumen, resulting in dried, curled and tattered prints that mimic their subject.

Black Pulse No 17, 2000-01
MIS inkjet print on Gampi paper with albumen and encaustic
edition 2/3
27.5 x 52.5"
(37.5 x 62.5" framed)
Black Pulse No 4, 2000-01
MIS inkjet print on Gampi paper with albumen and encaustic
edition 1/5
20 x 26"
(30 x 36 framed)
Black Pulse No 3, 2000-01
MIS inkjet print on Gampi paper with albumen and encaustic
Black Pulse No 7, 2000-01
MIS inkjet print on Gampi paper with albumen and encaustic
Structure of Thought Attracted to Light Black Pulse Ganjin