fabian oefner unites gravity and paint to create liquid orchids
fabian oefner unites gravity and paint to create liquid orchids fabian oefner unites gravity and paint to create liquid orchids
nov 07, 2013

fabian oefner unites gravity and paint to create liquid orchids

fabian oefner unites gravity and paint to create liquid orchids
all images courtesy of fabian oefner




for his latest series of paint action photography, swiss artist fabian oefner has once again captured ephemeral beauty by uniting gravity and liquid chroma to yield delicate and fragile ‘orchid’ structures. through the synthesis of natural forces and acrylic paint, blossom-like arrangements emerge from the fluid matter. filling a tank with several layers of different tones — with the top coat being either black or white — oefner drops a sphere directly into the solution. as the plunging object falls, the paint it splashes into is forced upwards, shaping the blend of liquified hues into floral-like forms. when photographed with high speed cameras, an image is permanently preserved, capturing a moment that transpires for only a fraction of a second before disappearing beneath the surface again.



vibrantly colored chroma creates the ‘orchid’ shape



dropping a sphere into the paint, gravity forms a blossom-like shape



a capture of the tank from the side shows the different layers of paint lifted out of the white surface



delicate silhouettes emerge from the splashed paint



capturing an ephemeral moment in time



the colored paint is modeled by gravity



uniting gravity and liquid chroma yields delicate and fragile ‘orchid’ structures


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