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‘With the artwork I am interested in capturing a moment that the viewer can interact with. The hologram plays back a dimensional form of light where the viewer directs the sequence by their movements. The emphasis remains on the viewer’s interactive experience with the work’
Unterseher gradated with honors from San Francisco Art Institute participating in collective artist projects including with ANT FARM and the formation of Project Artaud. Unterseher was a pioneering member of the San Francisco School of Holography with Lloyd Cross and Gerry Pethick. Later they formed the Multiplex Company that produced stereographic holograms, including artworks for Salvador Dali. Unterseher has exhibited extensively at galleries, museums and educational institutions in Europe, Asia and throughout North and South America.
Kinetic Figures, 2016
series of four 22 x 26＂dichromate reflection holograms with dynamic lighting
Layered 3-dimensional pulse laser recordings of the figure dance in light. The soft contours of the female form trace out an intangible space. Geometric shapes disrupt this space while tethered through a dynamic of color.
For Kinetic Figures Unterseher is composing figurative holograms that are animated by the motion of the viewer and dynamic multiple point lighting.
Fred Unterseher – artist essay on KINETIC FIGURES
Kinetic Figures are the continued explorations involving kinetics (movements) of the human
figure. The work combines holographic images to create artworks that enhance the perception of the
figure in motion. The holograms pay tribute to the tradition of some of the first visual, both
scientific/artistic, studies of humans in motion conducted by Etienne-Jules Marey and others
throughout the late 1800s. Marey considered that the artist “while taking Nature as a model,
makes an independent choice“ of the attitude of the body in motion. Kinetic Figures invites the
viewer/participant to explore varied images that are distinctive to each individual by the choice
of their movements during the act of experiencing the artworks. Kinetic Figures includes a pair
of artworks one titled “Inclined to Recline” and the other “Double Vision”. “Inclined to Recline”
portrays a kaleidoscope of figures generated from the movements of a single female figure.
“Double Vision” is a three dimensional visual echoing of the figures using 3D multiple
exposures. In both artworks the figure’s movements can be viewed forwards, backwards or in
any combination in and out of sequence. The contact with the work can be somewhat
unparalleled for each viewer/participant since they experience intertwined, overlapping and
mingled figures in space/time. Technically the holograms are best described as triple slit rainbow
holograms that allow for a mixed secondary order of colors that includes more “pastel like hues”.
In most instances when experienced the multi-channels in different colors tend to blend, creating
images that really aren’t even there since one eye sees one image channel while the other
eye sees a different image channel, the brain fuses both views into a coherent image. Together
they contribute to an experience that is unique.
With the artwork, there is a continued reference to the key model of renowned physicist David
Bohn and his concept holomovement. It brings together the principle of undivided wholeness or
what he referred to as the universal flux and includes the idea that everything is becoming or in a
course of action. His view was that wholeness is not a constant oneness but a vibrant wholenessin-
motion in which everything moves together in an interconnected process of becoming.
Fred Unterserher 2016/2017