Anthony Vodraska & Anita Gilbert


(posted on 7 Mar 2010)


Burn Away The Veils

Veil Series: "Burn Away The Veils"
Triptych - 73"x48", Digital Photo-Montage Prints, 2009
Artist: Anthony Vodraska
"The Hand of Divine power will, assuredly, lift up the veil, and expose to the sight of men that which shall cheer and lighten the eye of the world." Baha'u'llah
Inspiration: The word "veil" has multiple metaphorical uses in sacred texts, especially in the Baha'i Writings. The notion of veils as concealing, protecting, obscuring, or dimly revealing spiritual realities is intriguing to me as artist. The Veil Series is an abstract exploration of veils in which changing blended layers of luminosity, color, line and form are used to suggest possible meanings. Sometimes the title of the work hints at one interpretation but hopefully the viewer is free to creatively explore and find their own connection with the work.
Process: Serendipity stimulated this particular work. A chance visit to the Weisman Art Museum to view Frank Gehry's splendid architecture produced some interesting images of exterior stainless steel surfaces. Back in the studio, I process three or more different images inPhotomatrix Pro software [more typically used for bracketed images of the same subject to create high dynamic range (HDR) images] to create a unique blended image that can suggest ideas for later photo-montage work. In this instance, the resulting preliminary images suggested translucent veils and the next direction to take.

After more systematic HDR blending of images in Photomatrix Pro, the composite images became layers for further blending, distorting and fine tuning using Photoshopsoftware. This process allowed the structural surfaces to be transformed to refine the expression of the metaphor's meaning - the interposing nature of veils changing over time, thinning and revealing hidden meaning as expressed in the sunlight reflecting off the stainless steel surface. The scale of the work engages the viewer to create their own individual experience with the work, which may be much different than my conscious intent.

The work is printed on demand as an open edition print on satin fine art paper using an HP DesignJet Z3100. The surface is further enhanced with a Golden Gel Topcoat w/UVLS and Golden Archival Varnish w/UVLS. The prints are mounted on hardboard.

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Anthony Vodraska

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