Oregon artist, Jeff Hess, likes for people to experience his art/photography without actually knowing what it is or what’s going on. I found this out when I asked him for more information about this object that I found as part of his “In Pursuit of Gravity” collection. He said he’d rather we enjoy it instead of trying to figure it out.
From his site, he calls himself
an experimental artist pursuing innovative media and processes to produce new effects and perspectives.
Some of you out there probably know what this “mystery” mandala is. I have an idea of what it is. However, to honor Jeff’s intent, I allowed myself to just be with it.
I love the natural beauty of it; its symmetry in structure and its asymmetry in the interconnectedness of all the parts. Because of the way he photographed it, I appreciate its suspended-in-mid-air look and how we can see in it, through it, and beyond it. The negative space is just as interesting as the object itself.
Makes me want to play with creating a structure of symmetry, with wild abandon of asymmetry within it.
As A Side Note…
For the month of April 2015, Jeff is orchestrating experiential art in the Footwise window in Corvallis Oregon entitled “Window on Art“. 15 artists for 1, 2, or 3 days at a time create their art, live in the storefront window. I was honored to be one of the 3-day artists from April 7-9.
For his part (April 29), Jeff is setting up a camera in the window that will take photos of those standing in front of the window. You can follow this project all month long on the Window On Art facebook page.