TRACES | Benjamin Glor | Arch 5710

Gestalt theory – there are Laws of Organization that guide how humans perceive their surroundings: Proximity, Similarity, Closure, Symmetry, Common Fate, Continuity, and Good                                       Gestalt. These help explain the notion that “the whole” is greater than the sum of its parts.

Abstract - existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence AND/ OR extract or remove (something).

Humans move about their world rather passively. The brain computes only a fraction of the input data it receives from eyes, ears, skin, etc. and is able to fill in the remaining gaps to compose a coherent representation that we can understand. Because of this, humans, for the most part, are not consciously aware of the latent conditions, patterns, textures, and geometries that govern our environments. The exhibit explores these facts and ideas through light tracing small moments within Campbell Hall. Every image distills a particular object or condition to its emergent principles. Through this simplification, the original object is completely lost and only a trace of its existence remains. The result is not only an abstraction of the world, but also displays the dynamic mutually dependent relationship between light and matter. These compositions show and explain that matter cannot be perceived without light; light without matter.