Lenticular Photos

Katharine Harvey: Crystal Storefront, 2003

Crystal Storefront

2003

3D lenticular photograph

40 x 26 inches

edition of 10

Katharine Harvey: Home, 2003

Home

2003

3D lenticular photograph

40 x 26 inches

edition of 10

Katharine Harvey: Calgary Storefront, 2003

Calgary Storefront

2003

3D lenticular photograph

40 x 26 inches

edition of 10

LENTICULAR PHOTOS

Installations of tacky storefronts filled with kitsch objects and plastic detritus are transformed into a fantastical display of surreal imaginings in these lenticular photos. In a playful inversion, the traditionally camp medium of 3D is deployed to turn banal things into works of art.

Successive layers of digital images are separated into threads of colour and interlaced using complex 3D software. Inkjet printouts are then laminated beneath lenticular film to create the illusion of dramatic, three-dimensional depth.

Colourful objects seem to dance in front of the picture plane or, at other moments, are camouflaged within the 3D photo, to otherworldly effect. The reflective surfaces dissolving into spatial and psychological fragments reveal moments of exotic transport from the viewer’s immediate surroundings into a psychedelic inner dream world.

Elaine Bowen curated these prints into a group show entitled Lucid Clutter at YYZ Artists Outlet in 2003.

Crystal Storefront features superimposed waves shimmering back and forth in a 3D flip, echoing the deluge of kitsch objects tumbling down the display shelves.

Calgary Storefront documents the window display created for a solo exhibition at Stride Gallery in Calgary in 2001.

Home is a studio re-enactment of a window installation created for the Solo Exhibition window gallery on Queen Street West. It is the most complex of these 3D prints, combining 24 intricately orchestrated layers of depth in a single image.