Tag Archives: installation

Shar!ng: Light Labyrinth

 

Light Labyrith by Brut Deluxe
Light Labyrith by Brut Deluxe

Sharing this article about a beautiful lighting installation by Brut Deluxe. I have long wanted to do one of these; and while this one is very different than the one in my head, it’s still incredible to see one built. Enjoy!

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!nsp!re – An Evening at MorYork

Text Tile Art
Text Tile Art

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the evening at MorYork. It’s tempting to call it an art gallery (which it is) or a studio (true also) but a better description might be what Los Angeles magazine describes as a “modern day cabinet of curiosities” in this article from March, 2015.

Lighthouse Mirror
Lighthouse Mirror

Located at 4959 York Blvd in Highland Park, in a building that formerly housed a Safeway and a roller rink before falling into dereliction in the mid-80’s when it was purchased by artist Clare Graham, it serves as gallery, studio, incubation, and event space.

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The building, with high ceilings and wonderfully creaky original wood floors, is packed to the rafters with Clare’s work and collections of ephemera.

Floor Detail
Floor Detail

 

Furniture made from soda can pop-tops sits next to a display case filled with primitive carved sex toys. A whole series of art features stuffed animals sealed in plastic and bound together with twine.

An armoire inlaid with teeth
An armoire inlaid with teeth

Still other corners reveal furniture inlaid with human teeth, woodblock art, armoires covered in scrabble tiles, and display cases filled with animal skeletons and doll heads.

Skeleton and Vials
Skeleton and Vials
Caged Doll Head
Caged Doll Head

One enormous section of shelves near the entrance is filled with vintage carnival knock-down dolls while the opposite end of the space is dominated by a stunningly gorgeous lighthouse mirror.

Carnival Doll
Carnival Doll

It’s a mind-boggling, fascinating, and intoxicating environment. Added to the mix is Clare’s recent decision to invite music artists in to perform at MorYork. Alma Sangre (a trio with flamenco) and Edith Crash (LA-based French singer-songwriter) provided a lively evening during our visit, interspersed with drinks and munchies, all surrounded by this incredible collection.

Edith Crash
Edith Crash
Alma Sangre
Alma Sangre

The mix of art and music works, especially because neither is held up as being particularly “precious”. Clare’s work (which has often used recycled materials) is as much about craftsmanship as it is about anything. He’s an approachable artist who has a tremendous respect for, and love of, craft. That’s evident by his work on display at MorYork, and in the musicians that are selected to perform there.

If you’re looking for a deliciously surreal place to spend some time, I’d suggest taking a trip down the rabbit hole that is MorYork.

 

!nsp!re – Word Shadows

NOTA BENE Visual's "In Order To Control"
NOTA BENE Visual’s “In Order To Control”

I keep a long list of bookmarks in a creativity folder. These are stories or posts that I go back to every now and again for fresh inspiration. I love seeing what people create; and it inspires me to do even more.

Today’s share is from a story I bookmarked a couple years ago at My Modern Met. It’s an interactive typographic installation by NOTA BENE Visual titled “In Order To Control”. Spectators step into the installation to read the projected text content. The trippy part happens when their silhouette “covers” the words on the floor and transfers them to an adjacent wall.

What I love about this is the creative use of light and shadow, which work together to craft a different environment where the audience is encouraged to participate in shaping the art.

Read the full story here which features a video, allowing you to see the installation in action.

Learn more about NOTA BENE Visual here.

 

!nsp!re – The Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity from The Creator’s Project

Quick share from one of my favorite sites, the creator’s project. They’ve compiled their favorite art and tech projects from 2013 here.

Clicking on the links or pics below will take you to videos on the Creators Project site.

My three favorites are:

LASER FOREST

An interactive installation created for the STRP Bienneale; it’s an experiential environment in which people can tap and play giant laser rods, creating sound and light.

Marshmallow Laser Forest
Laser Forest

LASER NIGHT STROLL

Created by Tao Tajima, this video, combining captured video and CG lasers, is incredibly cool.

Laser Night Stroll
Laser Night Stroll

BOT AND DOLLY

Finally, this video blazed around the web earlier this year. Using automated Kuka robotic arms combined with real-time projection mapping, Bot and Dolly is a mind-boggling piece.

Bot and Dolly
Bot and Dolly

Given what 2013 was like at the high end of tech and art, I cant’ wait to see what 2014 brings.

Go here to learn more about The Creators Project.

!nsp!re – Interactive Shadows Made With Words

notabenevisualinordertocontrol1An interactive typography installation, “In Order To Control”, opened recently. The mapping technology projects text onto the floor surface. When the text is interrupted by a human form, it transfers to the wall in front of them. Trippy, right?

This is a wonderful example of this technology used in a very creative context. Read more about it (with pics and video) here.