Axis of Power, Stratachrome, Holcene, Emergence of Perception—these cryptic terms sound like they could be the names of some esoteric theories in fundamental physics, but they refer to an impressive body of works by David Spriggs. The British artist, currently residing in Canada, is a trained designer and artist whose practice is in constant vacillation between the worlds of 2D and 3D, exploring the use of three-dimensional space in an innovative, unexpected and almost scientific way. His thick, deep frames invite you to get lost within their painted folds, layering images on top of each other to create an impossible depth.
Spriggs' artworks are made with superimposed layers of thin translucent film enclosed in Plexiglas, a technique he developed in 1999 to create the illusion of a three-dimensional landscape, and has been exploring ever since. By giving his works a carefully crafted dynamic dimension, Spriggs plays with the usual conventions of artistic representation in a clever way, he imbues his works with movement, with a sense of discovery as the images slowly “reveal” themselves to the viewer.
The Paradox of Power