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How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

Jan 30, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Jason Stanfield & Jordan Olshansky

In this short documentary, filmmakers Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky visit the studio of artist Bruce Riley, who paints abstract wonders with poured resin. His art blooms as he works; each layer of dripped paint reacts with the others, creating deep patterns that bear an uncanny resemblance to what a biologist might see under a high-powered microscope. "It's obvious when it works," Riley says. "It's obvious when it fails."

Riley publishes photos of his artwork on Flickr. Stanfield and Olshansky frequently collaborate with brands to tell their stories through documentaries. To learn more, visit and

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A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.