"LIMN" is an iPad application artwork that expands on the original concept first explored by JD Beltran's "Material Language" Series (described below, and shown later in the video). This work enables a viewer to experience a single image that has been rendered in four different media: painting, photography, film, and video. One views each media as a portion or "ribbon" of the image. Tilting the iPad travels the ribbon of that media across the surface, so one can view other parts of the image in that media. One also can spread the ribbon wider with their fingers, and travel it across the surface of the iPad to explore other parts of the image in a particular media. LIMN is currently in the beta stage, and will be offered soon at the iTunes store.
The "Material Language" series is an innovative, cutting-edge suite of works that examines the language and meaning of the material of painting, photography, film, and video in relationship to each other. Each work begins with a single image, then combines the mediums of painting, photography, Super-8 film, and high-definition video to portray that single image in four different media, but within one composition. For each image, one section is oil painted on wood panel, one is a Cibachrome photographic print mounted on Plexiglas, one is Super-8 film of the moving image transferred to HD video, and one is an HD video of the scene. All of these media are juxtaposed within the same, seamless composition to constitute that one image, for example, a portrait of a person in their studio, or a specific city landscape.