I’ve learned that experiments with new technology are an essential part of my process. Recently my work in application development has found it’s way back to the paintings. Augmented reality is a relatively new development, and it is very exciting to see all the possible applications, both practical and artistic. This is an experiment to show the viewer a bit more of the painter’s perspective, ‘pulling’ the major three dimensional shapes out of the canvas and showing the observer of the painting how I’m perceiving them as I work.
Virtual Reality is truly a mind altering experience. Anyone who gives this medium a fair chance will see a permanent change in their art, and their perception of it. Part sculpting, part painting, part video game…..it really has the potential to completely change your view on image creation. It merges the way that the painter and viewer perceive the image, letting the viewer actually travel through the image, even viewing the creation process as they go. This videos don’t do it justice, but it does give you an idea.
I was contacted by Vice Magazine recently, because they had filmed an episode of a documentary series called “Mr. Tachyon” for Vice Television at a hacker/maker space called Noisebridge in San Francisco. This place holds a very special place in my heart, not just for the work that goes on there, but also for the community that has formed around it. I was lucky and found Noisebridge when it was in the process of being remodeled, and was able to do 4 large murals on fresh walls. I was delighted to find out that the producers at Vice had decided to shoot there, and happy that I had spent so much time there, painting and meeting a lot of really wonderful people who taught me quite a bit.