Stephen Sack: photographer & alchemist shows us his work inside his Brussels studio
Photographer and alchemist Stephen Sack has built his work around the themes of time and memory. For over thirty years, this American artist living in Brussels has pursued a dreamlike vision collectively entitled the Chromosomic Memory. His focus is on photography of objects and their metamorphoses over time. The dialog between figuration and abstraction suggests new significations, both poetic and philosophic and is transcendental in nature. His work with coins is an ongoing theme. The first images appear from a dream in 1983 and received the Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge at the Bozar in Brussels in 1985. Later, in 1999, his new work, The Metal Mirror, now in color, was exhibited at the British Museum. Since November 2013, Sack has pursed an obsessional quest and has created 5 new chapters in his “ Book of Lost Coins “.
In his latest series entitled "Embracing Emptiness" Sack uses ancient Chinese coins that have been unearthed after a incubation period of some 2000 years. Largely abstract, they radiate a myriad of colors. The patina and corrosion form a psychological landscape almost cosmic in nature. The colors in the photographs are real - revealed through the use of scientific lighting - somewhat like different wave lengths of light used in astronomy to observe and photograph the cosmos.
Transformed by corrosion, these pieces reveal, through the use of scientific light (similar to that used in astronomy with different wavelengths to observe and photograph the cosmos), patinas to abstract and colorful patterns.
"The Chinese have always associated the money to superstitions, rituals and philosophy ..." said Stephen Sack. "The circle represents the heaven and the square the earth.A harmony balances the twoEmptiness is the essential paradox. The black “hole” or the “eye” is at the center. To embrace it - is to find peace and harmony in this world.
A museum the artist likes:
Stephen Sack particularly like the British Museum in London, which corresponds with its vision of antiquity and modernity.