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untitled V (conduit)

Carpet, paper, acrylic and plastic on canvas
2014
untitled V (conduit)

untitled v (conduit) is the fifth work in a seriestitled “conduit”. It also happens to serve as the firstwork in a series titled “parallelogram”, as it sparkedan ongoing investigation with that particular shapein the visual field. The conduit series primarilyfocuses on communicative tensions through languageof domestic electronics.

Glitched Dog Fight

Steel, Objet Verowhite Plastic
2013
Artwork by collisi1

The piece was created by first modelling a pair of dogs fighting. Then once that was completed the file was edited using a hex editor. The file was intentionally pushed to the breaking point and then had to be pieced back together in MeshLab and a few other 3D file editing softwares. The final result is a collobration between myself and the computer.

The Alchemist

Aluminum, wood, mirrored glass, Acrylic plastic, LEDs, Teflon/copper wire
2014
Artwork by collisi1

A geometrically perfect sphere of moving, glowing light is projected to appear to sit two feet outside a small cube atop a pedestal. The imaginary form, not unlike a hologram, churns and flows as the viewer approaches, like a burning star bursting with ever-changing solar flares. The sphere is an illusion created by what is inside the box, which is itself hard to discern. Like much of my work, this sculpture uses illusion, optic tricks, and a clever use of relatively simple materials to achieve an mesmerizing and otherworldly experience for my viewer.

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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.

Verbing Man

Wood, steel, plastic (acrylic mirrors and foam)
2012
Verbing Man @COLLISION18:present

 

Verbing Man is the latest in a series of animation devices which I call Image Engines. It was designed to maximize interactivity. It is an animated sculpture which, like a zoetrope, uses persistence of vision to create an illusion of continuous motion from a series of “frames”.  Verbing Man offers unprecedented interactivity for this type of sculpture due to the use of 12 poseable artist mannequins as frames, making it possible for the animation to be repeatedly altered and remade by viewers. Further, the mannequins are arranged on a platter which viewers rotate by means of a crank in order to bring the animation to life.

Verbing Man uses new materials to reinvent a 19th century technology in which an inner circle of mirrors was used to animate, in reflection, an outer circle of flat images mounted on the same rotating wheel. Verbing Man is likely the largest praxinoscope ever made with a wheel diameter of 4 feet instead of the more typical 4 inches. For technical reasons, it is also likely that this is the first time a praxinoscope has been used to animate three dimensional objects. The use of mirrors instead of strobe lights or slits means that animations are visible in almost any lighting condition, from candle light to full sun, and from all sides at almost any angle.

An act of benevolent shaming: re-fabricated moon rocks

3d software, 3d printed plastic filament, cut vinyl, paint, text, podium.
2012
Artwork by [user-name]

"An act of benevolent shaming" is an act of recompense for past transgressions and absent-mindedness: the re-fabrication of the lost moon rocks.

Over 840 lbs of soil samples and rocks were brought to earth by the Apollo astronauts. These are distinct from objects which have, unaided by human endeavor, otherwise made their way earthward (chunks of the moon, for example, dislodged by meteorites). Of these samples, an alarming and embarrassing amount have "gone missing". Inspired by images of “Lunar Sample 71575”, for instance, nestled amongst its brethren, I am attempting to put the band back together again.

There are 12 moon rocks. 12 like the number of the apostles, or inches in a foot, or the hours in a half day: a form of marking that dates from a time when math and fiction shared more common roots.

The rocks were fabricated using a 3d printer. The models were created using a mix of applications, including Blender, Sketchup, and netfabb Studio. From bits to solid forms: a sort of modern alchemy. There is also a stylized cut-vinyl crater on the wall. Brand awarness and logos have of course now made their way to the moon.

"An act of benevolent shaming" is part of an ongoing project which combines images, objects, and text.  Titled "Moonfarming - an Illustrated Encyclopedia" the project is an experment in 3d storytelling, exploring nostalgia, data, and the common need for a place of fantasy.

Paradigm II

MDF board, Mirrored Tempered glass, clear plate glass, 532nm laser diode, power source, aluminum and plastic armature.
2012

 

Light is the medium in which I am most interested. I make apparatus that I use to shift, refract, bend and reflect my light to create the atmospheric effects which are my pieces in sculpture. In a recent series of mine, Paradigm, I transform this light to fill a structured volume of space with a dynamic three-dimensional projection. In entering my space, viewer is thrown into a mesmerizing and otherworldly expanse, as relationships of individual point of ethereal light evolve and coalesce in reaction movement. 

The effect, although reached through relatively simple means, produces a three- dimensional image which is felt more that it is seen, spilling out of the great volume of the sculpture and filling the entire space in which it is seen. 

Not only does the work bring the view to question the materials and forms I use to create the effect and illusion, it also brings a precise sort of awareness to the space that it is seen in. How one understands their vision is poignantly brought to the fore as the universal is seen thought the particular. By bringing the viewer into a place of more acute perception, my installations seek to elevate my viewers’ consciousness as they experience a space and their sense in a new way.

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The Rotapult

Wood, metal, plastic
2008
Artwork by [user-name]

A whirling automaton that plays catch with itself. In a continuously repeating cycle, a solid plastic ball is catapulted nearly four feet up from a rotating platform; then caught on its way down, 180° of rotation later. Installation includes a pushbutton activated timer.

Lincolnshire Poacher

Printed vinyl, wood, plastic, FM transmitter, radios, audio
2009
Artwork by [user-name]

“- Shortwave numbers stations are a social experiment being conducted by the aliens.
- Actually they are mostly tenticle-enlargement spam, but we don't have the proper char-set support yet. Hopefully this will be included in Vista.(1)”

Lincolnshire Poacher combines a number of my fascinations: Google maps, text, sound, nature, camouflage, humor(2), and enigma. Its subject is the most famous of the cold war era Number Stations(3): the similarly named Lincolnshire Poacher. The Lincolnshire Poacher broadcast for over 30 years always using the same format: the (sampled) voice of an English woman reading out sets of 5 digit numbers, prefaced by 10 repetitions of one set of 5 numbers and bookended by several bars of the English folk song “The Lincolnshire Poacher”. I am intrigued by Number Stations for a variety of reasons, particularly their reductivist use of text to pass secrets by the most public of methods.

The piece’s main element is a vector drawing based on the Google maps aerial photograph of Akrotiri, Cyprus: the presumed location of the Lincolnshire Poacher. An orange dot on the drawing marks the likely location of the station's transmitter believed to have been operated by the British Secret Intelligence Service. A series of additional orange dots within the exhibit lead to the location of a sound piece: a recreation of an actual broadcast by the Lincolnshire Poacher station made in October 2004.

I have been fascinated, if not obsessed, with Google maps for almost two years. The resulting undertakings are a reflection of my examinations of mimetic process, a sense of unrequited wanderlust, and a latent fondness for the cold war's quaintly stylized tropes of aggression: poisoned umbrellas tips, modems in the stratosphere(4), and Number Stations. A reflection of my own peripatetic history (I am a multinational and have travelled widely) Lincolnshire Poacher is simultaneously symptomatic of my rooted present. I am now an armchair traveler who indulges my yearnings through virtual wandering in forbidden spaces.

1 - Comments about an August 2006 article on Slashdot about VoIP Number Stations: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/05/216229

2 - I was pleased to discover during the course of my research that there is a type of artisanal cheese named Lincolnshire Poacher.

3 - for additional information about number stations see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station

4 - sputnik

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