Frederick Hovey’s most current exhibition of large abstract and otherworldly giclée prints is a particular exploration of really like.
“Feathering Heights” is a enjoy on “Wuthering Heights” for its slant rhyme, but is definitely a deep homage to his late African Grey Parrot, Spooky, who he lived with for twenty-9 years.
His latest function of image vignettes, which are recolored and collaged into digital 12,000-by-18,000 pixel sheet layers at 250 DPI, immerse viewers into an alliterative perform on coloration and visual imagery.
Following Hovey’s occupation was halted because of to his grief, he appeared up one particular working day at fifteen photographs of Spooky arrayed across the wall over his desk and understood his upcoming art project. He did, on the other hand, concentration on just the feathers.
“Boom, the least difficult and greatest selection I have possibly at any time designed,” he states.
Hovey experienced saved about 500 of Spooky’s molted feathers and began creating the photo vignettes that he is even now functioning with nowadays. Using numerous mild resources and angles to shoot the feathers, he makes sixty-to-a person-hundred parts from each individual vignette and then multiplies them by 9 discrete colour variations. The most present-day items are applying the styles discovered on the tail-feather sheets to create the cells.
The influence is psychedelic and inviting and fairly ethereal.
Hovey’s preference to transform colours on copies of the completed merged pieces results in various optical perceptions that metamorphose relying on its respective features. I listened to just one exhibit attendee describe a setting up in a person graphic and an additional come across numerous butterflies, whilst I primarily saw a kaleidoscope that shifted as my head turned at diverse angles.
His items comprise the two warm and neat shades with a aim on the heat aspect of the spectrum, for the reason that Hovey just responds far more to warmth. It is the purple, yellow and orange hues that seriously lay the basis of each piece in “Feathering Heights.” A person could quickly get missing in Hovey’s work, moving throughout the canvas and looking at the feathers in triplicate, multiplied into perpetuity and turning into new variations of them selves.
Hovey understands his function could seem repetitive to some, but he sees it as an impulse that keeps coming back again, with no conclude in sight for now.
“Feathering Heights” at ARC Gallery, 1463 West Chicago, through August 11.