Ken Salter's "Reflecting Pool" to Make Los Angeles Debut

Mesmerizing interactive sculpture to make Los Angeles debut at The Vast Lab in July.

Pasadena, CA, June 27, 2018 --( Pasadena artist Ken Salter will show his neo-psychedelic video sculpture Reflecting Pool, July 6, 2018, 7:00 pm at The Vast Lab, 5151 Whitsett Ave., Valley Village, CA 91607. His work will be part of a group show titled, Declaration, that is open Friday nights through July 27. This is the first showing in Los Angeles of the sculpture which debuted in December at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (

Reflecting Pool generates mesmerizing fractal images that overwhelm the viewer’s senses. The sculpture demonstrates emergence, a universal phenomenon whereby simple rules, applied repeatedly, generate complex and beautiful patterns that captivate and hypnotize.

Using video feedback, Reflecting Pool employs a camera that continuously photographs a screen displaying multiple copies of its own stream arranged as a mosaic. Like a digital kaleidoscope, the geometry of the mosaic is controlled by hand gestures from the viewer. The result is ever-changing nested patterns of mosaics within mosaics producing astoundingly complex images. The presentation is framed by infinity mirrors and color sensitive low frequency sounds to saturate the viewer’s perceptions.

About Ken Salter

Born in Los Angeles, Ken Salter has been at the frontier of entertainment technology and art for over 25 years. With engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA, Ken worked for Disney Imagineering developing new technologies for theme park rides. He has numerous patents on ride and entertainment technology. He co-owns a company which manufactures large sculptures, using digital techniques, for some of the world's most successful artists. His interest in fractals and emergence originated in 2000 after reading several books on chaos and complexity science.

Ken was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2008 at the age of 46. One of the benefits of this disease is that changes in brain chemistry enhance creativity and awaken artistic abilities. Accordingly, Ken showed his first piece, "Chaotic Fractal Generator," at San Francisco's Exploratorium in 2013.

Ken views reality from a systems perspective and is skeptical of faith. The concept of emergence reinforces his worldview that intricate systems that appear to be designed need no creator. He is particularly interested in the nature of consciousness as an emergent phenomenon.

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