Photo taken by Judith Thompson (Harold’s wife) visiting Coney Island 2001
When I first came to Coney Island in the 1980’s, the photographer Harold Feinstein was a fixture there. He was everywhere with his camera, capturing the place’s unique melting pot of people in the array of moments that can occur no where else in the world. Dick Zigun was always chasing him away, not wanting to give away images of the sideshow cast, but I’m glad he caught us in our downtime. Those moments and many others would have disappeared if it weren’t for Harold’s persistence. I never got to see his photos back then- only years later.
A few years back, I supported his retrospective book on Kickstarter and began to learn of the breadth of his work, an impressive body of photographs of New York City street life covering 65+ years. Last year, I was able to meet him and his wife Judith as he returned to his Coney Island roots. I wanted to 3D scan him, but his health was not great and he seemed frail. I was glad to have had some time to talk. While he photographed other things, I think Coney Island was central to his voice was and he impeccably captured the neighborhood’s soul. His work is a celebration of the human condition and the American spirit. Coney Island is the place where all peoples come together and emotions of joy, laughter, love, loneliness, friendship and all of life are there for us to experience in his work. Its somehow fitting to know that he chose to leave this world on June 20th, the day of the Mermaid Parade.
Rest in peace Harold. You will be missed but your legacy lives on. Thank you for preserving the moments.
See more of Harold’s work at http://www.haroldfeinstein.com/
Orthodox Jewish guys admiring Demonica and Phantom as I sit on the fence
Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man
Elvis in the World in Wax Musee
Can you believe it- Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio is two years old! I opened up for the first time at the Mermaid Parade in 2013 and made some great portraits (See here and here). Well this past Saturday was the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and again I was able to make 3D portraits of some of my favorite Coney Island characters and sea creatures. These have not yet been cleaned up but I think they look great. I’m very happy with the day. Its exciting to see the technology improving since I’ve started and I’m proud of all the advances and things I’ve learned in the last few years.
Parade Queen Mermaid Julie Atlas Muz and King Neptune Mat Fraser
Creepy Ronald McDonald the clown
Time Out’s photog Filip stopped for a pose
Too Much Beer?
The Diaper Guy
Badass Burlesque’s Velocity Chyaldd
James and Camille Habacker of the Slipper Room
Zeroboy channeling his inner Popeye
Reverend Billy, Savitry D and family
A Mermaid Family
BooBoo Darlin’ as a Shrimp Cocktail
Eric the Fish
Lil’ Miss Lixx as Champagne
Bunny Love as Caviar
I 3D scanned Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black this spring and have been working on a 3D portrait of her off and on for a while now. My initial intent had been to do something with many arms, reminiscent of the Hindu goddess Kali, an image inspired by her love of blue body paint, but this imagery was not at all working for Kembra. She felt Kali was too obvious and already done by Nina Hagen. So my scans of her have been languishing and waiting for inspiration. I had included her in some sketches for the Gates of Hell that I’m working on, but had nothing yet… until last night when this came together. Its 3D printing away now on my Jetguy Big Boy printer for another 20 hours, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out!
I’ve just completed two weeks as a visiing artist at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. It’s been 21 years since I have been here and I’m happy to say that Artistic Director Tina Aufiero is doing a great job of pushing the school forward into the 21st century while maintaining the atmosphere of collaboration, comraderie, experimentation and creativity.
I was brought out to get the new 3D printing studio space set up in preparation for classes this year, and to plan my 2016 class on using digital processes and 3DP for creation of glass objects. It was an awesome experience and much needed moment of reflection. I was able to generate some work in preparation for the upcoming Wheaton Arts fellowship and even got to dabble in glassmaking while making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.
Here’s some images:
The iconic Pilchuck Hot Shop
Hank Adams’ Trojan Horse has grown a wonderful patina over the years
as Always, the hot shop was bustling with action- pulling glass tubes for neon here
Sunset over Puget Sound as seen from the lodge
“Creation” 3D Print- a maquette for my Wheaton Project? Picture this 12′ tall! Made on the new Printrbot Bot Farm.
Gaffer Dan Friday helped me make a piece, starting with this gold Ruby glass heart
Hot glass is a seductive material
This 3D printed scan if my hand was inspiration for this hot glass sculpted piece
Hand with heart being reheated in the glory hole.
The Heart in the hand
Il Cavallo- the glass Horse: I see the glass horse as the ultimate test of glassblowing prowess. what the paper crane is to Origami, il cavallo is to glass. if you can work hot enough to make the horse without reheating, you are a skilled glassworker. Watch my YouTube olaylist of Glass Horse making here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZroWUSkyKpFH_TNnoYe2JcpZcVCiRBcC
Pilchuck Totem Pole made by Preston Singletary and other pacific Northwest natives with cast glass inclusions
My last night ended with a gallery show. of 3D printed and glass work
Portrait of Artist in Residence Joel Otterson
Glass hand holding Heart
Dan Friday Portrait
Goodbye Pilchuck! im excited to teach session 2 , 2016!
Its been a whirlwind ever since I went out to San Francisco for Maker Faire. I meant to post a recap of some of my favorite highlights of the weekend, but have been swamped with Scan-A-Rama and getting ready for this year’s fellowship at Wheaton Arts. This week I’m doing a quick visiting artist stint at the Pilchuck Glass School to get a 3D printing studio up and running. I’ll be teaching a course there next summer about methods of creating 3D printed models for glass casting… more on that later (but I’ll be looking for artistic teaching assistants with expertise in 3D printer building, 3D modeling and glass casting, so give me a shout if you’re interested!).
In the meantime, Maker Faire posted my talk on YouTube. Overall, I’m happy with it. I confess I was called out by a fan for screwing up the Arthur C. Clarke quote, which should read “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.“. Anyway, here’s the talk, and if you get a chance its just one of a playlist of a lot of great pieces, so check them all out!
Tomorrow, I fly out to San Francisco to bring the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio to the Bay Area. If you’re attending Maker Faire, please stop by to say hi. We will be in the large 3D printing tent and would love to make a 3D portrait for you.
I’m also presenting Sunday at 1:30pm on the Center Stage so come see my talk “The History and Legacy of Technology as Entertainment“. I’m honored to be sandwiched between Autodesk’s Carl Bass and 3D Robotics’ Chris Anderson!