Stations/Colliders - Jacob van Loon
The editor at Never Lazy mentioned how much my work has developed since earlier this year — bringing the realization that I don’t review my work much after each piece is finished. Change doesn’t appear the same to me, especially when I’m working in series.
'Small Bangs (2013),' a science-inspired series of artwork using Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) principles by Troika
artist statement: The ‘Small Bang’ series (2013) are ink drawings by which a circle or dot of black ink is applied to chromatography paper, which reacts by separating the dye until the black disappears. What is left are concentric shapes that bleed and spread with myriad colours.
The artworks are therefore not what they seem: for they are both the various colours that make up the absolute black ink and the separated colours of its intrinsic makeup. The title ‘Small Bang’ suggests the fundamental origins of the Big Bang of the universe, and the fact that all matter was created from darkness.
Thin layer chromatography (TLC) is a chromatography technique used to separate non-volatile mixtures. Thin layer chromatography is performed on a sheet of glass, plastic, or aluminium foil, which is coated with a thin layer of adsorbent material, usually silica gel, aluminium oxide, or cellulose. This layer of adsorbent is known as the stationary phase.
After the sample has been applied on the plate, a solvent or solvent mixture (known as the mobile phase) is drawn up the plate via capillary action. Because different analytes ascend the TLC plate at different rates, separation is achieved.
Thin layer chromatography can be used to monitor the progress of a reaction, identify compounds present in a given mixture, and determine the purity of a substance. Specific examples of these applications include: analyzing ceramides and fatty acids, detection of pesticides or insecticides in food and water, analyzing the dye composition of fibers in forensics, assaying the radiochemical purity of radiopharmaceuticals, or identification of medicinal plants and their constituents 
A number of enhancements can be made to the original method to automate the different steps, to increase the resolution achieved with TLC and to allow more accurate quantitative analysis. This method is referred to as HPTLC, or “high performance TLC”.
Additional photo source: Reach Devices
Troika: The Path of Least Resistance/ The Path of Most Resistance/ Delta, 2013
The ‘Light Drawings’ are a series of works on paper, the remains of electric discharges that appear in the shape of intricate repeat-basic forms.
There, in a process of defiant playfulness, the order of nature is revealed by the mean of a sophisticated and terrifying technology, while the tracery and vulnerability of the edges where it meets the void are reflections of our desire as human beings to ‘physically master’ nature.
'Path of Least Resistance' presents the remains of a 50,000 volts electric discharge as it burns its way through paper. The series of delicates fractal patterns reveal an imminently natural rule as the electric current propagates through the medium unpredictably but always where it is easier for it to go. The results evokes rivers, tributaries, oxbow lakes, blood vessels, veins, capillaries, and plant roots, the patterns of which all stemming from the same genetic law.
'Path of Most Resistance' forces the charge to assume a circular pattern, one of the first figures of abstraction, in an act reminiscent of the ‘Opera Contra Natura’ of promethean myths.
With ‘Delta’ (2013), the charred pathway distinctly assumes the patterning of a river delta.