Holographic Art & Exhibitions by Al Razutis - Visual Alchemy 1970's

Photos, Holography and art by Al Razutis

Holography by Decades - Other photo credits where cited

1974-1976 Photos - VISUAL ALCHEMY studio with holograms on display:

TO FRAME ENLARGEMENT         TO FRAME ENLARGEMENT         TO FRAME ENLARGEMENT         TO FRAME ENLARGEMENT         click/enlarge - 'Memorial to Harry Houdini Prestidigitator' by Al Razutis 1975         click/enlarge - Newtonian Galactic Assembly Line 1976 by Al Razutis click to enlarge projection screens for holograms - Visual Alchemy  1974-75         click to enlarge - Visual Alchemy hologram 1973 by Al Razutis         click to enlarge  - set and hologram design works 1974 Visual Alchemy         click to enlarge 360 degree CYLINDER MOVIE         click to enlarge transmission hologram art by Catharine MacTavish         click to enlarge  Rainforest hologram by Al Razutis  Visual Alchemy 1974        

TEXTS - PHOTOS: ' History of Visual Alchemy Studio Photos'

TEXTS ONLY: ' History of Visual Alchemy - Chronology

Photos of Early Transmission & Reflection holography - VISUAL ALCHEMY - 1972-1975:

click to enlarge MYSTICAL HOLO EXPERIENCE         click to enlarge early holography set up at Visual  Alchemy 1973         click to enlarge EARLY OPTICAL TABLE AT VISUAL ALCHEMY         click to enlarge point source projection of hologram 1973 Visual  Alchemy Al Razutis         click to enlarge first hologram by Al Razutis 4x5 inch transmission plate 1973         click to enlarge holographic projection experiments at Visual Alchemy 1974-5         click to enlarge  - set and hologram design works 1974 Visual Alchemy         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1973-5 holographic optics and projections         click to enlarge CHEMICAL MIXING ROOM<         click to enlarge  DEVELOPING ROOM  at Visual Alchemy 1976         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1973-5 holographic facilities         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1973-5 holographic facilities         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1974 holographic facilities         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1974 holographic facilities         click to enlarge  Visual Alchemy 1974 holographic still life by Al Razutis and Catharine MacTavish         click to enlarge  detail of Newtonian Galactic Assembly Line wall piece  hologram by Al Razutis  Visual Alchemy 1974-6         click to enlarge  Autoportrait hologram by Al Razutis  Visual Alchemy 1974         click to enlarge  white light reflection display  hologram by Al Razutis  and Catharine MacTavish at  Visual Alchemy 1974

COMPLETE LIST OF HOLOGRAPHIC WORKS - by Al Razutis 1974 - 2016

HOLOGRAPHIC INTENTIONS and EXIT   ('Leaving Plato's Cave...')


Individual Holographic Works created for Exhibition:

MIMETIC GLASS

Holographic Film Animation - 1974

 MIMETIC GLASS - Holographic Film Animation - 1974 by Al Razutis - on exhibit at 2010 Deja Vu exhibition Vancouver, Canada

MIMETIC GLASS - 1974 - Installation view at 'Deja Vu Exhibition' 2010
Laser transmission film animation hologram
12" x 73" Film Strip with individual frames
MIMETIC GLASS - camera housing used in creation of holograms - photo at Visual Alchemy 1974 by Al Razutis

Cylinder hologram gate housing used in the creation of 'Mimetic Glass' at Visual Alchemy 1974. Designed and constructed by Al Razutis

'MIMETIC GLASS' hologram (1974) was rediscovered in 2010 in storage. This film animation hologram may be the 'first motion picture hologram' made in Canada. This is true holographic animation. Verification or contesting claims are encouraged. TECHNIQUE EMPLOYED: Spatial multi-plexing of laser transmission hologram with moving subject.

Exhibited in October 2010 at the Deja Vu Exhibition of Holographic Art and Stereoscopic 3D, Vancouver, Canada.

Collection of Al Razutis. This work is located in Saturna Island, Canada.

For purchase of this work contact alrazutis@ymail.com

For 2013-2014 works by Al Razutis in motion-picture holographic cinema visit the stereoscopic 3D page Selected Holographics presented in Stereoscopic-3D


First Touring Exhibition of Holographic Art in Canada
Al Razutis - Visual Alchemy

'VISUAL ALCHEMY' Inaugural and Solo - Touring Exhibition of Holographic Art 1977-1978

Installed Exhibitions in Burnaby, Ottawa, and 7 cities in Canada 1977, and Seattle 1978, USA

CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT- Exhibition Catalog cover Visual Alchemy  by Al Razutis at Burnaby Art Gallery - click for enlarged cover view with inside text

VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION LIST OF HOLOGRAMS (Inaugural show catalog)

VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE (March 9, 1977)

"Since 1972 Al Razutis has been working independently on a program dealing with the creation of three dimensional imagery via laser holographic techniques. An operational holographic laboratory was built by Razutis in which he has carried out holographic works with the intention of developing the media into an art form. Art and technology are explored as alchemical processes. The exhibition concerns itself with holography as sculpture and art rather than topical perceptual gimics or media novelties."

VISUAL ALCHEMY - ALTERNATE POSTER by Al Razutis (March 9, 1977)

1974 - 1977 Exhibition works created by Al Razutis for 'VISUAL ALCHEMY' Solo Touring Exhibition:

For all exhibited works see: Complete list of exhibited works - by Al Razutis (1974 - 2007)


'NEWTONIAN GALACTIC ASSEMBLY LINE'- 1974-76:

click for exhibition card with details, credits, exhibition list

Al Razutis, 1976
48" x 60" x 4" wall piece / floor piece
36 Silver Halide Reflection Holograms Mosaic
Created by Al Razutis @ Visual Alchemy, Canada
On Exhibit at 'Visual Alchemy' touring 1977-1978

2010 - Exhibition Photos of Newtonian

Newtonian Galactic Assembly  Line by Al Razutis on exhibit at Deja Vu exhibition, Vancouver, 2010

Newtonian Galactic Assembly Line - October 2010 at Deja Vu Vancouver, Canada.

Newtonian Galactic Assembly  Line by Al Razutis on exhibit at Deja Vu exhibition, Vancouver, 2010

Complete credits and selected exhibitions list for this work.

"NEWTONIAN GALACTIC ASSEMBLY LINE was originally conceived as a 'floor piece' to be exhibited horizontally and upon which people could walk. This proved to be not practical and the piece was finalized as a 4 foot x 5 foot wall piece and internationally exhibited as a wall piece. The idea for creating a mosaic of alternating ortho and pseudo views of the same subject came from pictures of galaxies where one would imagine 'invisible forces' connected all things. The work is best seen interactively, with the viewer moving about to see the sea anemone-like interactions between adjoining images. Alternatively, the piece can be illuminated by moving lights. The 'newtonian galactic assembly line' title refers to Newtonian mechanics as an interlocking 'gear universe' that is transformed to light interacting shapes that are holographic, and therefore not physically 'solid'. A surrealist magic carpet." (Al Razutis)

This work is in the personal collection of the artist and located on Saturna Island, BC, Canada.

See Holograms for Sale page for more photos and information on this work (including stereo 3D photos)

For purchase of this work contact alrazutis@ymail.com


'RAINFOREST' - 1974:

RAINFOREST - 3 plate transmission hologram - 1974

RAINFOREST- 1974
3-plate (11 x 14 in.) transmission hologram sculpture

RAINFOREST, originally exhibited at Visual Alchemy travelling exhibition 1977-78,
purchased by Museum of Holography, New York, is in collection of MIT - holography collection.

RELATED: See current Touch Me & Touch Me Not holographic art works for related themes in intersecting planes and content in holographic art.

Touch Me/Not - with laser illumination


'AUTOPORTAIT' - 1974:


AUTOPORTRAIT - 1974/Al Razutis - photo on Visual Alchemy Studio wall 1974

'AUTOPORTAIT' 1974
White light reflection hologram

AUTOPORTAIT- 1974/Razutis photo of installation view with text panel at Burnaby Art Gallery 1977
'AUTOPORTAIT - Installation View - Burnaby Art Gallery 1977
(this work is lost / destroyed circa 1994.)


'AUTOPORTAIT' - SUNDIAL & MORTUARY - 1974-1976:

AUTOPORTRAIT - SUNDIAL - 1976 by Al Razutis


AUTOPORTAIT - SUNDIAL - 1974/76
White-Light Reflection Hologram
Marble Stone Pedestal with Inscription

AUTOPORTRAIT - MORTUARY - 1974 - Al Razutis

AUTOPORTAIT - MORTUARY - 1974/76
White-Light Reflection Hologram
Suspended hologram in glass box

Current status: 'AUTOPORTAIT - SUNDIAL', and 'AUTOPORTRAIT - MORTUARY' holograms are lost and remain as one single original silver halide WLR hologram which was retained. The black marble pedestal is in a private collection. Remaining original hologram is in the personal collection of the artist and located on Saturna Island, BC, Canada.


'INCLINE / STRESSED / PLANE' - 1975

CONTOUR - INCLINE STRESSED PLANE - 1974 by Al Razutis

INCLINE / STRESSED / PLANE - 1975
Laser transmission interferometric hologram
180 degree cylinder view film - 12" x 32" film strip

INCLINED / STRESSED / PLANE hologram (1974) - 12" x 27" in flat formatis available for exhibition.

A second version (multi-color rainbow hologram) of this subject matter titled 'INCLINE' is in the series 'Stress Topography' - a series which was created at Fringe Research, Toronto in 1984.

PRESENT CONDITION: The original 1975 hologram is slightly scratched but intact and stored at VISUAL ALCHEMY STUDIO Saturna, Canada. For later work (INCLINE) the interferometric transmission hologram (strip) masters stored at Fringe Research after 1984 for the re-mastered INCLINE have been rescued after abandonment by Fringe and sent to the National Archives of Canada by Michael Page and Claudette Abrams. Current status of those original 1983 laser transmission interferogram-hologram master strips is unknown at present.


'SURROGATE'- 1974

SURROGATE 1974 by Al Razutis - photo by Al Razutis

SURROGATE - 1974
White-Light Reflection Holograms (Silver Halide) Visual Alchemy Studio view 1974
Presented at Visual Alchemy Exhibition
Original Holograms replaced in 1984 with NEW VOGUE version.

SURROGATE DRESSED FOR ART NEW VOGUE

SURROGATE DRESSED FOR ART NEW VOGUE 1984 by Al Razutis - 1985 photo Gary Cullen

SURROGATE DRESSED FOR ART NEW VOGUE - 1984

Dichromate Reflection Holograms
Produced at Holocrafts, Delta, Canada
Presented at Wavefront Exhibition 1985

Special Holographic Technique Employed:

Double-exposed (in two states superimposed) interferograms in dichromate produced with double-exposed CW laser illumination. Two distinct states in time recorded as induced contour patterns of interference fringes of surface displacement on model.

Background:

The 1984 interferometric dichromate holograms (face, breast) replaced the original Silver Halide reflection holograms created in 1974-76 by Al Razutis at Visual Alchemy, Vancouver. Both the manequin and recording process were 'dressed up' for 'art in the 80's': "Make-up with stress lines for Art New Vogue and the latest styles of fashionable virtual reality & holography. " (A.R.)

SURROGATE DRESSED FOR ART NEW VOGUE Exhibited in October 2010 at the Deja Vu Exhibition
of Holographic Art and Stereoscopic 3D, Vancouver, Canada.

Put on your anaglyph (red - cyan) stereo 3D glasses to view spatially.

STEREOSCOPIC ANAGLYPH 3D of  - Surrogate Dressed for Art New Vogue  and  Al Razutis on exhibit at Deja Vu exhibition, Vancouver, 2010

To purchase this work contact alrazutis@ymail.com

SURROGATE DRESSED FOR NEW VOGUE IN STEREO 3D VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
Al Razutis presents his Hybrid works
3 min. excerpt on YouTube STEREO 3D:
With Gary Cullen

AL RAZUTIS  shows his holographic works in 3D excerpt on YouTube

Texts: 'SURROGATE' and Sculptural Hybrid Holography

Complete credits and selected exhibitions lists:
Surrogate 1974 and Surrogate Dressed for Art New Vogue) 1984 / 2010


'AETHER VANE' I - 1974

"Reconstruction of a turn of the last century primitive device for measuring universal Ether,
with a nod to Michaelson & Morley."
; (A.R.)

AETHER VANE - 1974/Al Razutis - 1977 Visual Alchemy exhibition photo

AETHER VANE I - 1974
White-Light Reflection Holograms (Silver Halide) -- Exhibition photo (with cobwebs) 1977
Visual Alchemy Exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby Canada (and traveling shows)

AETHER VANE 2 - 1984

Original 1974 holograms replaced in 1984 with Dichromate Gelatin versions - produced with Gary Cullen at Holocrafts, Canada

AETHER VANE - 2010/Al Razutis - Deja Vu exhibition photo

AETHER VANE II - 2010 Photo
White-Light Reflection Hologram (DCG) on Film
On exhibit at 'Deja Vu'> 2010 exhibition, Vancouver, Canada with Dichromate Gelatin versions produced with Gary Cullen at Holocrafts, Delta, Canada.
AETHER VANE (restored 2010) is in the collection of the artist and located in Saturna Island, BC, Canada.

AETHER VANE installation view at Deja Vu 2010 Exhibition Vancouver

Complete credits and Exhibitions list for this work.

Razutis letter to Anna MacArthur on the meanings of the work

AETHER VANE IN STEREO 3D VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
Al Razutis presents his Hybrid works
3 min. excerpt on YouTube STEREO 3D - With Gary Cullen

AL RAZUTIS  shows his holographic works in 3D excerpt on YouTube


'PRIMA MATERIA (INVISIBLE SECTION)'- 1976

PRIMA MATERIA (INVISIBLE SECTION) - 1976 - Al Razutis

PRIMA MATERIA (INVISIBLE SECTION) - 1976
Multiple layers of resin and holograms embedded with physical objects of measurement and writing on the matted surface of glass. The holograms are all white-light reflection on silver halide glass plates.

PRIMA MATERIA (INVISIBLE SECTION) is in the personal collection of the artist. The inscription on glass starts with: "Mimesis, the imitation of reality is a well-known beginning...". This work was damaged when on-loan to a new Montreal association and gallery in the 1980's (and returned uninsured), and is currently located on Saturna Island, BC, Canada.


'CHAIN LINK' (CURTAIN) - 1974/76:

 'CHAIN LINK' - 1976 by Al Razutis         'CHAIN LINK' - 1976 by Al Razutis         CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT 'CHAIN LINK' - 1976/Al Razutis

CHAIN LINK (CURTAIN) - 1974/76
White-Light Reflection Holograms (64) Assemblage

CHAIN LINK, alternatinv 4" x 5" real and virtual image white-light reflection (WLR) holograms
remains only in the form of isolated elements and in the personal collection of the artist and located on Saturna Island, BC, Canada.


'FLYPAPER (WITH HANDLE)' - 1974/76:

'FLYPAPER' - 1976/Al Razutis

FLYPAPER WITH HANDLE
1974/76 - White-Light Reflection Holograms Assembly
Private Collection

>FLYPAPER (WITH HANDLE) was damaged during 'LICHT/BLICKE' exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany and remains in a private collection (in damaged form).


VENETIAN BLIND - 1974

1970's EXHIBITION INSTALLATION VIEWS:

Venetian Blind 1974 hologram and sculpture by Al Razutis

'VENETIAN BLIND'
Video frame - INSTALLATION VIEW
W-Lt Hologram (silver halide) Sculpture

Venetian Blind  1974 by Al Razutis

'VENETIAN BLIND' SIDE VIEW
W-Lt Hologram (silver halide) Sculpture

(This work is lost, except for photo documentation)

A second VENETIAN BLIND - II (1985) was created using dichromate holograms (at Holocrafts, BC) and this work was purchased for permanent collection by Associates of Science and Technology for 'Images in Time and Space' exhibitiion. The present whereabouts of this piece is uknown.


'VENETIAN BLIND II' -   1986

1992 'IMAGES IN TIME AND SPACE' BURBANK, CA. EXHIBITION INSTALLATION VIEWS:

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Venetian Blind 2 by Al Razutis

'VENETIAN BLIND II'
Video frame - INSTALLATION VIEW
Dichromate Hologram - Sculpture
Hologram produced with Gary Cullen / Holocrafts

click to enlarge Venetian Blind 2 by Al Razutis

'VENETIAN BLIND II'
INSTALLATION VIEW
Dichromate Hologram - Sculpture

click to enlarge Venetian Blind 2 by Al Razutis

'VENETIAN BLIND II'
DETAIL VIEW
Dichromate Hologram - Sculpture
Hologram produced with Gary Cullen / Holocrafts

A re-creation of this theme and form as VENETIAN BLIND - II (1985) was created using dichromate holograms (at Holocrafts, BC)
and purchased for the permanent collection of 'Associates of Science and Technology, Ottawa, Canada, for the traveling exhibition 'Images in Time and Space'. Its present whereabouts are unknown.


Other holographic works on display at VISUAL ALCHEMY

EXHIBITION INSTALLATION VIEWS 1974 - 1977:

Camera Obscura - 1975

Camera Obscura 1975  by Al Razutis Visual Alchemy

'Camera Obscura' 1975
W-Lt Hologram (silver halide) Sculpture
Utilizing sculptural-holo subject by>Catharine MacTavish.
(This work is lost, except for photo documentation)

This Is Not A Spoon - 1975

This is not a spoon  by Al Razutis

'This is not a spoon' 1974
W-Lt Reflection Hologram (silver halide - Denysiuk method) Sculpture
Created in collaboration with Catharine MacTavish
(This work is lost, except for photo documentation)

Hologram of a Translucent Object - 1975

Sculpture, photos, holograms by Al Razutis

Hologram of a Translucent Object 1975  by Al Razutis Visual Alchemy

'Hologram of a Translucent Object' 1975
W-Lt Hologram (silver halide) Sculpture
(This work is lost, except for photo documentation)


Visual Alchemy by Al Razutis - 1977 - 1978

These four pictured pieces are no longer in existence - damaged in storage

click to enlarge Visual Alchemy exhibition 1977 details by Al Razutis

'Visual Alchemy' 1977
Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition view
l to r: VENETIAN BLIND, NEWTONIAN ANAGRAPH,
AETHER VANE, FLYPAPER
(silver halide) Sculptures - mixed media


VISUAL ALCHEMY by Al Razutis

A holographic art traveling exhibition by Burnaby Art Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition

Presented in Burnaby, BC, and traveled to Ottawa (Canada Day), Ontario, and seven Canadian Cities, plus Pacific Science Center, Seattle to 1978:

Al Razutis setting the exhibition foyer display with archaic tech items  for Visual Alchemy exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, 1977

Al Razutis setting the exhibition foyer display with cobwebs and old instruments
- Visual Alchemy exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, 1977.

Exhibition Catalog cover Visual Alchemy  by Al Razutis at Burnaby Art Gallery

VISUAL ALCHEMY - solo exhibition of holograms by Al Razutis
- catalog cover innaugural Burnaby B.C. show 1977

Invitation to Visual Alchemy  by Al Razutis at Pacific Science Center Seattle 1978

VISUAL ALCHEMY - final exhibition of holograms by Al Razutis
- invitation to Pacific Science Center Seattle, Washington show 1978
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VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION LIST OF HOLOGRAMS
(Inaugural show catalog)

VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE (March 9, 1977)

"Since 1972 Al Razutis has been working independently on a program dealing with the creation of three dimensional imagery via laser holographic techniques. An operational holographic laboratory was built by Razutis in which he has carried out holographic works with the intention of developing the media into an art form. Art and technology are explored as alchemical processes. The exhibition concerns itself with holography as sculpture and art rather than topical perceptual gimics or media novelties.""

MORE BACKGROUND: 'Holographic Intentions at Visual Alchemy' - Illustrated Essay by Al Razutis

For all exhibited works see: Complete list of exhibited works - by Al Razutis (1974 - 2016)

For writings by Al Razutis on holography visit Critical and historical writings - Holography and Wavefront

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