We have all heard this idea that within art and creativity, everything has been done before, that there are only new perspectives that challenge what has been done. Every once in a while, an artist comes onto the scene and does exactly that, while also challenging the way we see the world around us.
Jobe Williams, who goes by the moniker of Hyper Reelist, is a light, sound and interactive media artist who is inspired by transforming people’s perception of reality and making them aware of the unified field that we exist in. He is further inspired by nature and spiritual practices.
‘I want my work to evoke a sense of wonder about the world. I hope people can see it and identify with its beauty and the magnitude that everything is beautiful, unique and collectively whole’, Jobe said.
Jobe creates, to challenge himself but also to challenge the perceptions of those who view his work. Making people aware of the things that they may not necessarily see on a daily basis in this city environment.
‘I really like working with new technologies and manipulating them because modern things are the most interesting, for people to engage with something they don’t quite understand enough,’ Jobe said.
‘Photography, particularly digital photography and digital video, are vastly able to be manipulated and transformed. We can achieve feats with a new aesthetic that hasn’t been discovered and explored.’
Two or three years ago while in an op-shop Jobe found these glasses that were from Japan in the 60’s, called TV glasses. There is a prism and a mirror and it reflects what you see at a 45 degree angle. So you can sit or lay down and still read a book or watch TV.
‘I noticed that when I put them on and adjusted the prism and I looked through the prism at a certain angle, everything became rainbows. Many people are not aware that you can look through a prism and see everything refracted,’ Jobe said.
‘I found that beautiful and started experimenting. I was amazed with the effects that came through. It’s called chromatic aberration. It happens sometimes in photography, but it’s not something people look for.’
‘I found that the more dramatic the distortion, the more beautiful I thought it was; nature became transformed’.
Jobe takes his camera to a natural environment with a glass prism and/or a diffraction grading and he holds them in front of the lens and takes images. There is little manipulation involved once the image has been taken.
‘My work is generally focused around transcendence. I want people to get an awareness of the divinity that is around us. Transcendence being one of the most important parts of living as a human,’ Jobe said.
‘I think that’s all people really want to just be part of something and be part of the world. If my work can be a trigger for people to get to this kind of awareness, I would be proud and happy.’
Jobe explores transcendence by distorting things that people are aware of and transforming them using prisms and other video effects or by changing what’s there or by transforming it in some way to make it greater or fragmented as a whole.
Jobe has his first solo exhibition Prism Perceptions opening this week on Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 at the Corner Cooperative which runs till Friday 28th August.
‘Prism Perceptions will predominantly feature the work from my prism photography series in different facets from video installation and photographs in both print and 2D form,’ Jobe said
‘I am also featuring lots of apparel with the images on them which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.’
‘The majority of this show is a more traditional art-object focus where you have garments and prints,’ Jobe said
‘If I can get if off the ground, there will be a VR (virtual reality) experience which will be kind of like an ocular-swift where people will put on these eye-headsets and experience a virtual panorama of one of my prism images.’
Before the emergence of new interactive technologies, integrating multiple mediums into one was unprecedented and almost impossible. With developments in digital technology, the ability to manipulate sound and light at the same time has become possible while also making it interactive and synchronised.
‘I’m really working towards where colour and sound frequencies correlate because everything is like a frequency and a hertz between our human perceptions,’ Jobe said.
‘I hope the audience experience something extraordinary! Something that they can recognise as nature or recognise as beautiful, it speaks to a greater illusion and a greater unity.’
Jobe has a busy year ahead working towards the Beams festival at ARCO Projects. He will have three projects for that and will be collaborating one of these project. Creating a sculpture that will be a cup rock light wall that will be projection mapped, an installation on the Chippendale Green.
‘The other project is outside of ARCO space and it’s going to involve UV chalk painted on the walls of the ARCO gothic church that will also be projection mapped,” Jobe said.
‘But the main project will be changing the inside of the gothic cathedral gallery into an augmented environment. I am kind of exploring the aesthetic of divine spaces.’
‘All around the world, no matter what religion, places of worship are beautiful and the most sublime. I am trying to integrate the aesthetic of many religions into one space.’
Jobe also plans on changing cities and moving to study. Many creatives know that being in a new place gets the creative juices flowing and creates new opportunities and experiences.
‘My goal is for my passion to always be fruitful but to continually be inspired by what I create and for the world around me to inspire my creativity. And for what I create to go into that world and inspire people to be genuine,” Jobe said.
If you want to find out more about Jobe Williams and to collaborate with him, you can follow him on Instagram and his website which will be launching soon www.hyperreelist.com you can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.