I enjoy contemplating the mechanical functions of light. We learn early in school that nothing possesses true color. So then what is it? I want to find out more, so I try to take advantage of what it can do. Transparent materials interact with light to a greater extent than opaque materials do, so the UVB panels use transparent plastic as the playing field.
Contrasted with that, there is a gradual opacity and a gradual glow in the dark property coming from the center of the panels. I felt these three would be enough to create a unique composition that perhaps we don’t often encounter.
I want to visualize worlds in my imagination where our skins produce organic alloys, necessary under pressures great enough to create metallic hydrogen. Organic iron sulfides exist in deep-sea life. Metallic hydrogen has been made experimentally here on Earth. I want to be able to use these facts to create visuals that stand apart from the rest.
John Charmelo is primarily a conceptual illustrator however, three-dimensional design is also an enjoyable pursuit. Subject matter largely revolves around science fiction themes but digging deeper reveals other significant influences.
Hailing from the western suburbs of Chicago Illinois, elements of nature play their part both directly and indirectly. Combined with the leaps and bounds of technology, nature’s smooth curves and man’s hard edges, distilled, are embraced.
Balancing experimentation and refinement is paramount. As such there are common threads in works that at first glance may seem dissimilar. Additionally, as lame as the status quo may be, abandoning potential before it’s realized is pointless. John’s work is the direct result of slowly polishing his mistakes. Let’s give failure a big bear hug.