For some, the act of painting is the ultimate meditation. Putting ideas and expressions onto canvas, channeling attention and detail – and in Yuri Zupancic's case – harvesting the innards of old computers and transforming them into micro masterpieces.
Painting tiny pictures on computer chips, the largely self-taught and very well-travelled maestro of creative arts sees his work as a reflection of his 21st-century way of life. "Post-digital is the age and my medium," he says. "After years of being 'wowed' by computer technology, I still find my best meditation in painting, but it feels most natural to make art which reflects my tech-laden lifestyle."
Zupancic has been painting on micro-chips since 2004, the tool of choice for such intricate works crafted by hand from his own eyelashes. While visible to the naked eye, it is recommended to view the work with the aid of a magnifying glass, usually provided at his exhibitions.
A music lover (he has walls of instruments in his house and can play all of them) and people person, Zupancic gets his skill from being a vigilant observer of the world around him. He absorbs the patterns, colours and textures that each day brings, and transposes them to his medium with a steady hand.
His steady hand has sure paid off, as his art has gained the attention of curators around the world in exhibits from Kansas to Croatia. The latest showing of his work opened yesterday (January 5th) at the MacSpa, a boutique technology spa in Denver, Colorado, where it will be on display until January 28th. He's already working on his next exhibition as well, which is slated to debut in spring this year in Karlsruhe, Germany.