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Up

Cardboard box, electronics, 5 min video loop
2013
Artwork by collisi1

A small-scale video installation in a cardboard mailing box. Multiple iterations of the artist attempt to jump out of the box.

Dancer

Frame, matte, electronic ink display and circuitry.
2014
Dancer

Dancer is from my new lineograph series created on electronic ink screens. The screens emit no light and are entirely reflective, mimicking the aesthetic of an ink drawing, except with movement. The screen also can be touched on and off, displaying hundreds of stills.

This series explores human artistic expression, essentialized within the simplicity of line drawing.

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Fragile Pathway

glass, phosphors, xenon gas, electronics
2013
Fragile Pathway

This new piece is the result of 9 months of development and is still a part of a process toward a new expressive form. Physically, its a flat panel gas discharge device that is quite bright, very colorful and kinetic in many new interesting ways.

Social Distortion

metal, plastic, electronics
2013
Social Distortion

“Social Distortion” takes a traditional radio device and turns it into sound art. The concept of the piece is also similar to my other works in that there is some influence of Chaos Theory in the piece.

The piece’s intent is to turn the radio into a sound instrument in that it will do repeated sweeps across the spectrum while performing the same pot adjustments to the sound manipulation circuits.

The sequence gets started by a viewer pressing a button that triggers a power antenna and then the radio begins dial tuning and sound manipulation in chaotic sequence of repeated turns and motions. The piece then turns itself off after about 2 minutes - awaiting the next press of the button...

extraterrestrial origins of pulsating stars

LED light tubes, wood, plastic, custom software and electronics
2013
extraterrestrial origins of pulsating stars

During the fall of 1967, a heated debate over whether man had finally received contact from another civilization ensued. Not until the next year was another signal discovered and determined to be a rotating, radiating neutron star, spinning at a regular interval. When this radiation is detected by radio telescopes on Earth the pulsing is heard as a frequency or musical tone.

Extraterrestrial origins of pulsating stars examines the timings of 96 rotating pulsars as light and sound. The abstracted screen displays either single stars as a pulsing wave or clusters of stars, creating a cacophony of visual and sonic noise. 

The distant movement of these stars creates a visceral, sensory experience for the audience. Radiation to sound, sound to light, light to sensation.

Top-Down Range

hardware cloth, red cotton fabric, electronics, zipties
2013
Top-Down Range

A follow-up to a previous outdoor installation, Top-Down Range is an intimate examination of the use of modularity as a means of meaningful interaction. Using identical reactive units, Top-Down Range seeks to find the most basic point in which a conscious individual begins attributing the construct of behavior, and potentially, identity upon a being. Through the multiplicity of a geometric and generic form with a foundational on or off state, Top-Down Range questions the boundary of the collection of a sum and the coalescence of a product.

Where Does Mass of a Tree come from?

glass, electronics, carbon dioxide gas
2012
Artwork by [user-name]

Where Does Mass of a Tree Come From? is a blown glass tree filled with carbon dioxide which, when energized, produces a light well known for at least a short period in the early 1900’s but largely unknown today. As the piece runs the carbon will slowly be sequestered into the piece reducing its pressure and changing the look of the piece.

It's of vital importance today to be able to answer the question posed by the title of this piece: Where does the mass of a tree come from?  This carbon tree is part of the living cycle of energy and mass that today appears to be out of balance and increasingly to threaten the very existence of life on the planet if things go as they have in the past.

Waiting with phoenix under the pyre...

Bone, dead electronics
2012
Waiting with phoenix under the pyre...
Waiting with phoenix under the pyre... @COLLISION18:present

Unusual for a piece from me, this sculpture is only moving in an emotional sense.  It does not plug in, though it appears that it may.  It is plugged in only to itself.  

The title is an excerpt from the Dylan Thomas poem, "Unluckily for a Death".  The sculpture consists of a large bone (the thigh bone of a cow found on family property in the New Mexican desert) plugged into a control box that used to provide voltage to some part of laboratory equipment, but was discarded.  The juxtaposition, to me, is suggestive of death and resurrection.  Both objects used to be vital parts of active organisms, were discarded, rescued, and now find new life in a poetic sense.  The image of a bone plugged into a piece of lab electronics echoes of Frankensteinian longings for a way to reactivate what has died, or of escaping the march to dust.  

I also find it funny, but then I have a dark sense of humor...

Chronology: Presence

Canvas, electronics
2012
Chronology: Presence @COLLISION18:present
Chronology: Presence (detail) @COLLISION18:present

A blank canvas with a small black rectangle in the center is hung on a gallery wall. A wire leads from an outlet to the back of the frame. As the viewer moves closer they notice the black rectange contains digits and the word "Hours". The 1/10 hour place is slowly turning.

This work consists of an hour meter visible on the front. Hidden from the viewer are electronics and a dopplar radar unit. As the viewer comes closer to the piece, it senses their presense and starts counting on the hour meter. The hour meter hows the total time viewers have been looking at the piece. This thus refrences both time and context in one package. 

Jacob's Ladder

metal stands, clamps, glass tubes, custom electronics
2012
Artwork by [user-name]

Remember the old Frankenstein movies?

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