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Flying colors: holographic art of Dieter Jung
Dieter Jung
Dieter Jung’s print “Salvador Dali.”
Children play with one of Dieter Jung’s interactive installations.

    Newman Huo

    AN internationally acclaimed holographic artist, Dieter Jung says laser light is the tool he uses to create his amazing holographic art world.

    “I happened to be among the first artists who saw the potential of holography as a medium and used the new medium to express myself,” Jung, 69, of Germany, said in an interview with the Shenzhen Daily last week.

    Jung is showing his 62 works at a one-man art exhibition, titled “Flying Colors, Moments of Seeing,” in the OCT Art & Design Gallery.

    The works on display include holograms the artist has created since 1985 and prints he has made since 2009.

    Among them, a few works and installations, such as “Trans-optics” and “Shenzhen Mobile,” were especially created for the Shenzhen exhibition. The holographic work “Shenzhen Mobile” itself includes more than 40 different holograms.

    According to Jung, “Flying Colors” means the artist applies natural light and laser beams as his paints; prisms, glass and screens as expanded canvas.

    “Moments of Seeing” means the artist attempts to explore different layers of life by visualizing his experiences within the transitions and transformation of light and shade, sharing with a wider audience what he finds touching and inspiring.

    With unusual materials, high technology and interwoven structures, the artist builds a joyful garden of light, illuminated with colors lighter than air.

    In his holographic art, Jung focuses less on the concrete object and more on abstract geometry to compose holographic images.

    Regarding holography as an extremely interactive medium, Jung likes to create a playful and always unpredictable relationship between the audience, the artist and his works.

    Because of the intended relationships between the visible and the invisible, the known and the unknown, above and below, left and right, front and back, science and art, audiences may experience an amazing art world of light and color while viewing Jung’s works.

    Besides creating holograms with laser light, Jung has used oscillating and interfering wave lines for his prints to introduce a unique concept: All the image information in his prints are stored and only visible in those delicate modulations.

    As audiences look at his print, “Salvador Dali,” from a distance, they can perceive quite a clear portrait of the Spanish artist who claimed to be the first to employ holography artistically in the early 1970s. However, when they approach the print more closely, all the image information is visible only in the oscillating lines and the image seems to disappear.

    Born in Germany in 1941, Jung studied fine art and experimental film in Berlin and Paris in his youth.

    The artist has held more than 200 exhibitions in about 50 countries since he started holographic art in 1970. His holographic art was first shown to Chinese audiences in Beijing in 1983.

    Combining art, science and technology, holography was developed in the 1960s. A hologram creates a three-dimensional image by reconstructing light waves that are reflected from the original scene or object. Holograms are made using lasers as the light source and, in general, recorded on photographic emulsion.


    Dates: Through June 15

    Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Monday

    Add: OCT Art & Design Gallery, Overseas Chinese Town (深圳华侨城华·美术馆)

    Buses: 21, 26, 32, 54, 59, 101, 105, 109, 121, 204, 209, 223, 234, 327, 328, 350, 370, 390

    Metro: Hua Qiao Cheng Station (Overseas Chinese Town Station 华侨城站), Exit C




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