Pascal Dombis is a French visual artist whose unpredictable and dynamic visual forms explore the complexities of visual paradoxes through the use of ‘excessive’ technological process. Over his more than twenty-year career, Dombis has been using computers and algorithms to generate elaborate repetitions of simple processes, which computationally reproduce geometric or typographical signs. These de-structuring structures and irrational environments disturb, engage and inspire the viewer, posing fascinating paradoxes between the mechanical control and chaotic randomness that produce them.
Born in 1965, Dombis graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering from Insa University in Lyon, France before settling on pursuing an artistic career. His decision to focus on the Arts led him to Tufts University where he completed a series of computer art classes in 1987. In 1988, Pascal Dombis held his first exhibition overseas in the USA. Dombis’ works have been exhibited internationally and the artist is increasingly gaining recognition worldwide. His exhibitions around the world include Kunstpalast Museum in Düsseldorf, Venice Biennale, Itau Cultural in Sao Paolo and Block Museum in the USA . The artist currently lives and works in Paris.
Description: Data for 1 square meter of a site specific print installation that Pascal Dombis did in Centro Creativo Textura in Bogotá, Colombia. The overall size was 30 sqm.
The installation can be reactivated by printing the file on a mat paper and using 30 lpi (line per inch)
Mixed_Grill(e) was a site specific installation specifically created for the Textura space in Bogotá. Two walls were covered by a print composed by hundred thousand images from the Google image search on keyword GRID (Grille in french). Images are displayed as contact sheets in an interlaced mode (sliced in tiny vertical lines) which produce a blurry and organic visual effect and prevent a “clear” reading. Individual image nature can be revealed / read when using a lenticular sheet that the visitor can handle and apply onto the wall.
GRID is the quintessential modernist form (Mondrian, Sol Lewitt, Ad Reinhardt …), but Pascal Dombis is also interested that Google search relates to a wider range of images beyond art ones: from low culture (Grid Girls), sustainability issues (Power Grid, Smart Grid) to even anti-technology ones (Off the Grid).
With Mixed_Grill(e), Pascal Dombis aim is to create an installation that uses the Grid paradigm to build an environment where the viewer can be immersed in multiple level and different stories that deal about space and its multiple way of representation.