Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Reaching for the Stars by Doug Czor
“Reaching for the Stars”; Closeup

My contemporary sculpture refers to the communication of ideas between artistic and scientific creativity, with attention to a spiritual pathway. Through operations of abstraction and transformation, I strive to bring forth metaphors related to high ideals, journeys, searches, and explorations of the unknown.

Transcendence by Doug Czor

I enjoy crafting Space Age materials into objects that speak to us about “reaching for” the secrets of the universe. One of my favorite Space Age materials is “diffraction grating film”; this film is composed of a rainbow hologram, imprinted on clear, Mylar film, then backed with vapor-deposited aluminum. When stretched and adhered to surfaces, the film acts like an iridescent mirror, reflecting images of intense color. When the viewer’s motion varies according to the angle from which the diffraction grating artwork is viewed, a phenomenal shift in prismatic colors is observed. The choreography of the moving body causes unexpected dynamic allegiances to emerge; these allegiances occur due to the interaction between the color-shifting artwork and the constructed field.

Artist Doug Czor working in his studio
Doug working in his Studio

I enjoy artistically using this phenomenon of spectral transformation to suggest the pleasure of using science; I feel these spectral transformations provide a scientific form of understanding a significant, part of our world.