Opera devises his experimental works without a lens-based mechanism, relying instead on the light from his own invented systems to map layered photographic hallucinations and invented psychedelia. While previous pieces showcased the bold shape of the sun in single and double iterations, Opera’s new cyanotypes radiate the light source without reference to its orb. Soft yellow is achieved through bleaching, the sea and sky are mimicked with the classic Prussian blue of cyanotype, and the green of sun-dappled foliage is achieved through layered tints.
Spinning like the hands of a clock, eight-foot-long fluorescent bulbs covered in dotted laser cut vinyl are suspended over a canvas. Using a turntable, Opera creates a burn at ten o’clock, then at twelve o’clock, and sometimes one, continuing to twist the canvas in a circular motion. His resulting radial works use the colors, textures, and methods of nature to produce his own reality—unpredictable landscapes bound to a flattened plane.