Excerpts from a series of commissioned videos for permanent installation on two video walls at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina.
Slowly evolving 3D forms and generative patterns stylistically evoke the light, color, and dynamic topography of coastal landscapes.
HD projection-map video, 7:00 min, no audio
Rehearsals was commissioned during an artist residency for the DG2016 Festival in Alys Beach, North Florida. A series of 3d-generated scenes, characters and motifs are projected 'into' a trompe l'oeil proscenium, in consideration of the uncanny nature of planned communities and staged landscapes, such as those along this stretch of luxury vacation coastline. Within this 'virtual set design' concept, the notion of 'digital graffiti' itself is explored, rendered as a series of generative scrawls and algorithmic mark-making... musing on the persistence of the hand-drawn within the field of animation, even as most digital image-making becomes increasingly automated.
SFMoMA Modern Ball
I was invited to conceptualize and produce a projection-mapped video wall at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of their annual Modern Ball, May 2016. This year's gala also celebrated the grand re-opening of the museum after a major 3-year expansion and renovation. This video shows the phases of the production process: from animatic to render to event documentation.
HD videos, 2014-2015.
This collection of commissioned work explores the relationship between traditional pictorial space (drawing, painting, pattern & ornament) and modern moving-image space (3D animation, generative graphics, projection mapping, and HD flatscreens). My production techniques permitted more of a process-driven and gestural spontaneity, allowing me to 'work' the compositions more like painting or sculpting, as opposed to conventional labor-intensive animation.
The artistic movements of the early 20th century developed abstraction as a means of free philosophical exploration of ideas related to spirituality, mysticism & the occult, cosmology, geometric symbolism, synesthesia/synchromism, and other such metaphysical speculations.
Thus, these works circle back into this history of "visual music" as it continued its development through the moving image medium: experimental film, abstract video, and now, computer-generated animation.
IMAGINARY ATLAS | generative motion compositions
SYNCHROMATICS | generative motion compositions
STILL LIFES | generative motion compositions
COSMICOMICS | generative motion compositons
Field Transitions: 2010-2015
Field Transitions, first made as part of a multi-screen solo show of video work, was intended as a break from my previous 'pattern & decoration', all-over single-motif compositions ... an experiment with a richer variety of forms and patterns that interacted across a more complex, layered/collage visual space.
Originally designed as a short interstitial element, FT expanded its scope across multiple versions and contexts: as a public-art projection mural for Live Urban Walls (shown here, Houston St & Bowery, NYC, 2012); as a 'digital limited edition' HD video loop distributed through Depict (2014); as a projection installation during the SFMoMA's Modern Ball/reopening celebrations (San Francisco, 2015); and, most ambitiously, as part of a suite of 6K, 8-screen runway/environment visuals for Guess' 30th anniversary party (Los Angeles, 2012).
Museum of Modern Art
Camera Rosetum #3 This immense dual projection was presented in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the Armory Arts Week benefit gala, March 2010.
Floral Wall #3 I was invited back again in November to present multiple projections in the atrium on the occasion of the MoMA's Film Benefit gala honoring director Katherine Bigelow.
A scrim served as a projection screen at the stairwell base, later dropped to reveal the evening's musical guest Metric. The founder's wall served as an impromptu staging area for photo-ops, while a two-story projection loomed over the central atrium during the afterparty.
The Brooklyn Museum commissioned this video as part of their annual Brooklyn Artists Ball. 'Pink Narcissus' is a looping computer-generated animation which evolves visually through various floral compositions and pattern fields, inspired by the range of ornamental visual motifs found in medieval design, street art and contemporary painting, reflecting the diversity of work in the museum's collection.