I’m tinkering with ideas and images for possible presentation at LACMA. This is a comparison of people’s response to the original Venus de Milo in the Louvre to their response to my 3D captured, 3D printed copy at the 2013 Paris 3D Printshow. The show was in the Louvre expo space, so my print was just a couple hundred feet away from the original.
I’m thinking that the fact that so many people are viewing the original through screens and taking photos undercuts the argument that there’s some essential, ineffable, supernatural awe involved in seeing the original, when really what people want is interaction, touch, control, and possession, all of which they get by mediating their experience with cell phones and cameras (for now).
November 22, 2013
I’m working on ideas and images for a possible upcoming presentation to LACMA staff on 3D printing, 3D scanning, art, and museums. Here are photos of people at last week’s 3D Printshow in Paris responding to my 3D printed invention of Perikles’ helmet—a copy of an artifact that hasn’t been discovered and likely does not exist. Photos and touching allowed…
Novermber 22, 2013
Because when’s the next time I’m going to be alone, after hours at the Louvre, with Vangelisesque muzak playing on the PA system, with my 3D captured, 3D printed bronze-cast bootleg of a Matisse? I found a buyer too…
From “3D Printed Lost PLA Bronze Casting and the Art of the Living Dead”
(Why does YouTube suggest “Nightmare” as a tag for this video?)
The Independent as a “glamorous gold chameleon,” British singer-songwriter Alison Goldfrapp projects strong, stylized imagery in all her performances, whether on screen or on stage.
My Cosmonaut figure in a variety of configurations from 3″ to 10″ tall, finished with bronze and rusted patinas.
Dresden from the Right Bank of the Elbe, above the Augustusbrucke.
Detail (second image) after Bellotto’s
7.5″ x 10″
Oil on masonite
Audio from Daniel Dennet’s Magic of Consciousness presentation.
My Cosmonaut figure as the Purple One—speak not his name. +1 internetz for you if you can ID the voice-over.
July 9, 2012
I’ve been experimenting with various metal casting techniques using 3D printing. Here I show how I cast low-temperature Bismuth directly into a 3D printed ABS mold.
Download the model files here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26065
Cosmonaut figure as Venus, on a Replicator, after Botticelli. Archetype meets Renaissance meets 1920s futurism meets bleeding-edge pop culture. She’s getting closer and closer to stepping out into the real world.
Here’s my first attempt at troubleshooting a slightly more complex object — an original “Botlet” robot designed by Christopher Romano.
First run of my MakerBot Replicator, printing a default test object: the spiral box. I took this opportunity to explore the elements of the perfect YouTube video: an unnecessarily long 30-second intro before the action starts, cameras that are both shaky and blurry, and an overwrought electronica soundtrack. When I have a bit more time I’ll plaster it with comment overlays. Enjoy!
March 3, 2012
This was my submission to one of Andrew Sullivan’s View From Your Window Contests:
The view is of buildings overlooking Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon. It’s of a special spot too; a pivotal location in a great movie that helped put Vallarta on the map and gave it a place in Hollywood romance lore.
Portland Oregon, I think that’s surf music. I had to set some Southern California beach imagery to it.
Whenever I hear the opening minute of Loretta Lynn and Jack White’s duet
I shot these photos at San Onofre, because what day at the beach is complete without attack helicopter fly-bys and a nuclear reactor?
Gap ad with Juliette Lewis and Daft Punk. There’s something very genuine about Lewis’ performance, movements, and expressions—it seems like she was having fun making the ad, and it comes through. Watching the Beyoncé video Single Ladies, with its trio of dancers and simple backdrop, it struck me that these two videos need mashing.
I really like the
camera lucida. The last one was done by eye, over an hour or so, using a rough approximation of Sight-Size method.
A few sketches from life (death, actually). The first batch are very quick outlines done while playing with a
Life Painting courses at Otis College of Arts and Design.
A few of my figure paintings from life, by eye, in acrylic and oil. I did these in Beverly Bledsoe’s
86″ x 45″ x 4.5″
A loose line drawing of an Akkadian artifact—a small trinket depicting a lion—faintly peeking out from the multicolored backdrop.
Abstract paintings in acrylic and latex on canvas and canvas board. Sizes range from 11″ x 14″ to 30″ x 22″.
These are photographs I took of private homes over a decade or so, with a focus on the windows and doors. Most of these shoots were fairly impromptu, with little notice, scouting, or set up time. All but a few—including daylight interior shots—using only available light. Quick and dirty shots to include in printed and online product advertising.
January 8, 2012
Every week Andrew Sullivan posts a photo and holds a contest to see who can locate the window from which it was taken; the “View From Your Window” contest.
This video was my entry for the January 7, 2012 contest. My guess was Budapest, Hungary.
I made this video of my search process just for fun, and to cut through all the submissions he gets, but I added the Blade Runner dialog, the stupid computer sounds, and the mind-numbing electronica on principle. (Remember when computers used to make loud clicking and beeping sounds as they were working? Me neither. At least they’re still noisy in the future.)
For some reason, Sullivan—one of the most widely read writers on the internet— never credits the readers who send him the comments or contest submissions he publishes. I took care of that by changing the title of my video after he’d embedded it on his site. See the result here.
I, Claudius. The guy was an insufferable blowhard, a square, and a scold. He just plain had to go.
A collection of Augustus’ dialog from
I, Claudius, BBC, 1976.
This video shows my process from my original photograph of the Vatican museum’s bust of Claudius, through photo editing, to layout in pencil, and painting in acrylic on canvas (36″ x 48″). The recital of Robert Graves’ “The Sibyl’s Prophecy” is from
[Virginia Postrel, DeepGlamour Editor-in-chief—CW] recently tweeted and posted on Facebook asking, “What photos should absolutely be in a book on glamour?” While putting together this collection of recommendations from pop-culture, I sought out the two photos above, of Sean Young in Blade Runner and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.
But it wasn’t until I saw them side by side that I realized how similar they are. Not only do both women know how to hold the hell out of a cigarette, but the images’ contexts are nearly identical.
Take This Lollipop.
This is a mashup of the clever interactive Facebook site
Instead of watching the stalker track you down, in my version we watch him experience the full range of emotions that typically accompany first exposure to dubstep: wonder, rage, intrigue, confusion, and, finally, bloodlust.