Rendering the Invisible 

Artist Joe Ryckebosch Captures Time-Based Patterns in His Work

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We live in a continuum of pattern and design. Not only a world studded with city grids and advertisements, but one where even the water under those trees is drawn upward in vein-like patterns. And it's these unseen patterns—the water entering the tree—that Joe Ryckebosch is interested in highlighting with his most recent exhibit at the café Half & Half, entitled Memory Screens of Things Seen and Unseen.

Ryckebosch says he "remixes" found photos of animals and wilderness, laying architectural drafting tape over them to render the time-based patterns which photos don't capture. In "Spectral Falls," Ryckebosch traces the curves of a waterfall with red, green, and white lines, while below, contours of rocks are treated with spectral patterns. In applying tape designs to both of these elemental forces, Ryckebosch suggests a symbiotic relationship between the shape of the waterfall and the shape of the rocks, leading to phrases like "nature authors nature."

While we can observe the way water and rocks affect one another, Ryckebosch also crosses the line of empiricism, exploring mystical speculations in his overlaid tape designs. "Osprey" features an arrow of tape strips pointing to an osprey's eye, while the bird emanates radial, multi-colored lines. Ryckebosch says the arrow celebrates the osprey's enhanced seeing abilities, while its radial burst represents its "aura," some collection of experiential flight patterns which make the bird's life unique.

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