Artist renderings of the universe are culled from visual knowledge produced by machines, spacecraft, telescopes, and photographs that are sent back to Earth from distances that most of us will not be able to travel to in our lifetimes. Our visions of space, exoplanets, and other phenomena are often speculative of an artist's Utopian hope or personal agenda. Views, whether built or drawn by humans, can be constructed in the mind aided by nostalgia for a futuristic fantasy or informed by theoretical concepts; constructed photographs may often remain a projection of human need. 
Like many other people, I imagine an exoplanet that may or may not be a parallel world to ours. What interests me more is the space amidst potential habitation zones that lies between us and these points. What does the entrance to another solar system really look like? What might a free falling observer witness? By acknowledging that everything in our immediate environment is subject to the nuanced perspectives each individual has of permanence, one's viewpoint may change with the knowledge built in the terrain of their mind. These images of space and beyond are from a new collection of speculative three-dimensional environments that I've constructed in my studio. They are an attempt to navigate, experience, and embrace infinity.
 

NEW WORK Dioramas III
LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Photographic paper, fluorescent bulbs
"As Seen By A Free Falling Observer"
2017
Photographic paper, fluorescent bulbs
Dimensions variable
LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Wood, plastic, paper, paint, polymer, metal, fluorescent bulbs
"Lunar Pool"
2017
Wood, plastic, paper, paint, polymer, metal, fluorescent bulbs
22" x 27" x 20" (55 x 68 x 50 cm)

LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Plastic, foam core, polymer, paint, fluorescent bulb
"Your Control Room"
2017
Plastic, foam core, polymer, paint, fluorescent bulb
14" x 6" x 12" (35 x 15 x 30 cm)
LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Photographic paper, plastic, polymer, metal, wood, plexiglass, fluorescent bulbs
"Your Control Room" (pool detail)
2017
Photographic paper, plastic, polymer, metal, wood, plexiglass, fluorescent bulbs
14" x 12" x 16" (35 x 30 x 40 cm)

LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Wood, foam core, paint, mirrors, plastic, fluorescent bulbs
"Your Control Room" (sky and ladder detail)
2017
Wood, foam core, paint, mirrors, plastic, fluorescent bulbs
12" x 9" x 16" (30 x 22 x 40 cm)
LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Photographic paper, mirrors, fluorescent bulbs
"Lightspeed #2"
2008-Ongoing
Photographic paper, mirrors, fluorescent bulbs
Dimensions variable

LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Plastic, paper, paint, fluorescent bulbs
"Hallway to the Personal Planetarium"
2017
Plastic, paper, paint, fluorescent bulbs
16" x 16" x 15" (40 x 40 x 38 cm)
LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Photographic paper, wood, plastic, mirrors, paint, fluorescent bulbs
"Blue Entrance"
2017
Photographic paper, wood, plastic, mirrors, paint, fluorescent bulbs
9" x 24" x 16" (22 x 60 x 40 cm)

LAUREN ORCHOWSKI NEW WORK Dioramas III Photographic paper, wood, circuit boards, tree branches, polymer, paint, plastic, fluorescent bulbs, and LED's
"Tree Machine"
2016
Photographic paper, wood, circuit boards, tree branches, polymer, paint, plastic, fluorescent bulbs, and LED's
24 1/2"x24"x24" (62 x 60 x 60 cm)
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