November 2014 Gallery Show: Sean Newport
Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. Sean is Co-Founder of Engine Works, one of the last true art collectives in San Francisco. For the past four years Sean, along with other artists and friends, have transformed a dilapidated warehouse into an inspiring magnet of creativity.
Two years ago Sean began experimenting with combining fine carpentry and his perceived reality theory. To achieve this, Sean manipulates wood into three-dimensional shapes, then paints and arranges them into a vibration of glowing patterns. A major objective in Sean’s work is to manipulate color and light in a way that bends reality. Each shape is individual and creates a perception within itself. When multiplied, the multitude of these shapes’ peaks and valleys cast shadows on one side and illuminate colors from another. Each angle of perception changes the pattern; any directional light shift alters the shapes differently and dramatically. Sean is fascinated by the way perception and consciousness behave when confronted with optical controversy. Exploring how our brains react to Sean’s optical falsehoods, enables us to delve deeper into reality’s notions that are inherently rooted within ourselves.