Transmutation

Jaclyn Santos's avatar Jaclyn Santos

Artist Jaclyn Santos created an iPhone application — JSlens — which allows the viewer to have two unique experiences with her artwork. The paintings are all rendered in a blue color scheme. When they are viewed through the iPhone app JSlens (available in app store), the entire scene in front of the viewer shifts; the paintings appear in natural colors, while everything else in the viewer’s environment (including the viewer) will be inverted. This provides the viewer with a moment of discovery by allowing the images to fluctuate between the “real” world and the digital world, thus exposing the constant dualities — and possibilities — of our existence. The viewer must determine which is the "real" painting. This project merges the traditional with the technological, the physical with the spiritual, man with nature, and reality with illusion — in a completely unique, thoughtful and exciting way. It's not just about a cool effect or illusion — with all of the paintings, I strove to make images that take on a different symbolic meaning when the colors are shifted. For instance, a white horse and a black horse evoke different feelings and have different connotations. One aspect that can't be shown in video or photography is the textural surface of the paintings. They are all painted on thickly woven belgian linen, and have many layers of glazes, brushwork and impasto effects that can only be appreciated in person. They have a depth of surface that strongly contrasts with the flat, pixelated iPhone. There is possibly no Art medium that reflects the beauty and potentially transcendent power of the hand-made object as strongly as Painting does. One question all artists face is, "can a viewer truly experience art through a screen, or will some part of it always be lacking?" I love how my App will enable the viewer to transform both the paintings and his/her entire environment, thus turning the iPhone into a viewfinder, a frame, and into an Art medium. There are iPhones on location as well! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jslens/id921834194?mt=8

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: Oil on Linen
  • Width: 40'' each painting
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 60'' each painting