Emergent Behavior: New Swarms of Hovering Objects Photographed in Place by Thomas Jackson
We are always interested in visually striking work that compares and contrasts the natural and the manmade. In his ongoing series, Emergent Behavior, Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Jackson does just that.
Using almost invisible monofilaments, Jackson suspends consumer materials from plastic plates and post-it notes to cheese balls and glow sticks in dimly lit natural landscapes. The clusters of objects are inspired by nature, yet have no business being found where they are.
The hovering installations featured in this ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, “emergent” systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the installations from unexpected materials and placing them where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.
- Thomas Jackson
After years spent perfecting his technique the artist needs no digital trickery to pull off these seemingly impossible images. Apart from basic color and contrast adjustments in Photoshop, what you see here is the real deal.
You can find more on the artists website.