Perfection is a construct informed by the patterns and mathematics of the natural world. Technology strives towards that perfection, emulating its symmetry and impossible beauty. We use that technology to shape and refashion our environments, and when technology falters imperfections become reabsorbed into our concept of perfection.
Using CNC(Computer Numeric Control) software, Johan exploits the glitches which occur in the translation from digital coding to material in the manufacturing process. By systemizing splintered acrylic glass, Impossible Beauty re-incorporates mistakes into our under- standing of the natural. Existing on the threshold between broken and not and moving between digital and analogue languages, the work positions itself into the unending transaction between the natural and the manmade.
The making of this piece is the outcome of a material experimentation process researching how microstructures in feathers influence light reflection and refraction. By sculpting the layers of sublayers this work imitates the patterns from the research. Each line and reflection of light is in this sculpture different. The result is a sculpture that exists in different modes of scale and share similar light characteristics with real feathers.