Holographic Self-Portrait

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This is a video of a hologram, which admittedly, is a little convoluted. The hologram and camera are still and the only thing moving is actually the light source. Yeah, I made it and I still have trouble wrapping my mind around it.

I had the chance to make only one image, so, I thought something as ephemeral as bubbles might be perfect. Now, I’ll always have a three dimensional image of myself from this time in my life.

I made it at the Center for the Holographic Arts in Long Island City, Queens, through a continuing education course at The School of Visual Arts. The Holocenter is a non-profit arts center that has an amazing artist in residency program. It is one of only a few places in the world equipped with a pulse laser camera, which is a holographic laser fast enough and large enough to capture an image of a person. So, I consider myself very privileged.

The course seems to have been discontinued. Luckily, the Holocenter facilities are available for artists to create their own work and their equipment can be rented for a reasonable fee. Just email them for more information. Pictures (or videos) do not really do the images justice, you just have to see them in person to get the full effect.

You can go to the Holocenter to see some or Holographic Studios, which seems to be another place in NYC to check out and possibly make holograms. Although, I honestly don’t know much about them.

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The Commuter

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“While waiting on the platform for your subway train, quietly stand right behind an unsuspecting pigeon. As the train pulls into the station, give the bird a good heave-ho onto the tracks.”

This is a collage/drawing I did for the book, Canceled Flight: 101 Tried and True Pigeon Killin’ Methods. Don’t worry, it was a vehicle for artists, not really a manual for the destruction of flying rats.

Although, people didn’t always get the joke. The author received hate mail from protestors who hadn’t even seen the book. And, one Barnes and Noble fanned the flames by accidently putting it in the kids’ section. Oops.

I felt honored just to be published in the company of some of my favorite artists, including kozyndan and Ryan McGinness. But then, the original artwork from the book was exhibited in a travelling gallery show.

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How can you make two months' salary last forever? or, I did it first.

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At the end of last year, I made my first attempt at the design of dissent. Unfortunately, I didn’t have $20 million, and had to substitute 6000+ crystals for the real thing. Along with learning I am a glutton for labor intensive punishment, I figured out a bit about process, pattern, light and time.

When I started this sculpture, I was wrestling with my own ideas of art and protest. Now, with Damien Hirst’s skull possibly fetching $98 million, I have to wonder, if it’s really supposed to be about “the little guy”, would I put the piece in a gallery or set it on fire and roll it down West 47th St.?

Like I said, I’m learning and I’m not sure what I’d do. But, I know I would never do this.

“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.” – John Webster

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Guest Post: Two-for-One Screen Prints

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Hi, my name is Eric and I’m invisible for a day. The kind folks at Invisible Man are letting me guest post so I’m doubling up for my big break.
The left image is a detail of a silk screen promotional poster for TOOL: An evening of novel performance technologies, which took place at Tonic in NYC on Saturday April 29th, 2006. I did this for a friend, Jamie Allen who teaches NIME: New Interfaces in Musical Expression at NYU and coordinates the show. He asked for a “sort of an american-inventor-folk-art-technology thing”. He got sound schematics and ear diagrams on craft paper… If you have any interest in experimental music and video, check it out.
And the right image is a detail of the save-the-date from my wedding. It is a screen print of the landscape of our wedding venue, The Hammond Museum, done with a Print Gocco printing kit.

Read on for the full images, info and tips.

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