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Brief Published: 8 Apr 2013

Fabian Oefner: Black Hole


Swiss artist Fabian Oefner captures high-speed imagery of vibrant spraying paint in his latest photography series called Black Hole.

Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metal rod, which is connected to an electric drill. The drill turns on to spin the paint off in erratic circular patterns, leaving the eponymous Black Hole in the centre. The set-up utilises a high-speed camera and sensor capable of capturing the effects just milliseconds after the rod begins to rotate.

Oefner is known for his photographic work with colourful paints – most notably his Millefiori series, in which he manipulates watercolours with sound and magnetic ferrofluid. Read more in Stylus coverage, here.

The idea of capturing movement to create patterns in artwork is further explored in Stylus’ Spring/Summer 2014 Spectrum concept Motion Colour.

Fabian Oefner

Art & Design