The Petri Dish Project

J. D. Doria

‘It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening’.
(H. G. Wells)

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Painting is for me a style of image production. My art is generative: it is located at the junction between creativity and technology, where imagination is stretched beyond its inherent constraints. Rather than compose, I ‘grow’ images from the materials, surfaces and media I am using. Technology is my organ of apprehension through which I curate the generative capacity of the work. In this plasticity of production I find myself to be a multitude and art to be singular, yet at the same time existing in a never-ending state of becoming. My interest is in the creative process, in uncoupling painting from its structural forms and remaining in contact with its activity. What I find aesthetically interesting is an act of editing the creative process while exploring and accommodating a collaboration of different practices and different media.

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In this work I am using a glass container, which is very similar to a laboratory petri dish, as a medium. The container replaces the canvas and the paper. It is placed upon a light-table, and above it, on a crane, a digital camera is positioned to enable the capture of high resolution close-ups. Within the petri dish I ‘grow’ images using different mixtures of liquid colours and materials. Thanks to the agency of the materials (i.e. their colours and media) the composition in the petri dish becomes active and generates chaotic processes, out of which a ‘colony’ of images emerges. This is where the camera and the photographer enter the scene to capture the dynamics in time. The images are then digitally enlarged and enter a process of selection, until a set has been chosen. Each ‘work’ is composed by a circular image that captures the initial stages of the reaction and by the ‘multitude’ of images extracted from the process.

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J. D. Doria is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Tel Aviv. His work is located at the intersections of art, science and technology. His cinema background allows him to capture unexpected dynamic qualities in his works, which are developed from painting and which subsequently evolve, through scanning technology and photography, into what can be described as ‘generative art’. He has exhibited in Tel Aviv, Rome, Milan, Paris and Munich, among other places. Among his exhibited projects are ‘Painting as a Multitude’, ‘Organic Memory’ and ‘The Petri Dish Project’.

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