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.
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).