Phase I Completion of 3D Printed Luna Park- Reception and Party This Sunday!

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Fred Kahl | fredini@gmail.com

High resolution images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/50ftubz0rbmh9en/AAAgx0Ra4yKC88UlUIth91-ra?dl=0

For more information, visit: http://www.coneyisland.com/event/artist-reception-3d-printed-luna-park-phase-i-completion-party

Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed in Coney Island!
Brooklyn, NY. August 4, 2015 – Coney Island USA is pleased to announce the Phase I completion of the world’s largest art installation ever created with desktop 3D printer technology at the Coney Island Museum. Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini is an installation by artist Fred Kahl recreating the ornate art and architecture of Coney island’s heyday 100 years ago. Over two years in the making, Kahl has been 3D printing a scale model of historic Luna Park and expanding the piece, including scanning and 3D printing hundreds of supporters and Coney Island Characters to be featured in the tableau. To celebrate the completion of the project’s Phase I, an artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, August 16 from 3-5pm, followed by a presentation on the project at 5pm.

Brooklyn-based artist and impresario Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini has a goal, to fully 3D model and fabricate a 1:13 scale 3D-printed replica of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park as it stood a hundred years ago, and populate it with portraits of Coney Island’s most interesting characters from his Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait studio.  With the model’s central Electric Tower almost 7’ tall, this is no small task. Kahl has pushed the possibilities of desktop 3D printing to its limits and even invented his own 3D scanning rig to capture images of the exhibit’s denizens. The project garnered worldwide attention in the summer of 2013, when Kahl raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter to build a “bot farm” in support of the endeavor. Two years later, he has 3D scanned thousands of backers as well as Coney’s visitors who are featured in the installation along with the iconic central towers of Luna Park that were painstaking modeled based on archival images. Kahl hopes to soon begin a second phase of construction on the project, including the park’s entrance and feature attractions including the Trip to the Moon ride, Mountain Torrent, Japanese Tea Gardens, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Dragon’s Gorge, Wormwood’s Monkey Theatre, Red Mill and Chute the Chutes. The completed model is estimated to be approximately 1250 square feet, significantly larger than the current 250 feet it currently occupies , so Kahl hopes he will be able to find a new venue to bring it to as the exhibit outgrows the space in the Coney Island Museum.

“Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution,” said Kahl. “I’ve always been drawn to creating democratic and approachable art that resonates for the masses with the feeling of wonder and spectacle. This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment- starting in the 19th century, but now continuing into the 21st century as well.”

A graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, Kahl was an award winning creative director before creating his own startup Fredini Enterprises, Inc. He envisions it as a content studio for 3D printed and digitally shared files. Kahl has been obsessed with 3D printing for several years and even created his own open source hardware  for creating full body 3D scans using an Xbox Kinect game controller to capture the 3D image of his subjects. The invention has been featured in Make Magazine and on CNN, and used by hundreds of people worldwide, including by Shapeways. His Scan-A-Rama 3D portrait studio is the current resident of Coney Island USA’s Artist Incubator program and has become a staple of today’s cultural landscape in Coney Island.

“Fred Kahl is a legend of sorts, with a legacy of bringing mind-blowing and innovative projects to Coney Island, from Burlesque at the Beach to America’s Favorite Burlesque Gameshow – This or That!,” said Dick Zigun, the “Mayor” of Coney Island and the founder of Coney Island USA. “His latest undertaking will immortalize the actual fabric of our beloved Coney Island, and I urge everyone to come see it in the Coney Island Museum”

The Coney Island Museum

1208 Surf Avenue, (between Stillwell Ave., and West 12th st), Brooklyn, NY 11224

D,N,F,Q trains to Stillwell Ave./Coney Island

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio open Saturday, August15, 2015, 12 noon – 7pm

Artist Reception Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3-6pm with a 5pm presentation. Free with $5 Coney Island Museum Admission.

For more information, visit:

http://www.coneyisland.com/event/artist-reception-3d-printed-luna-park-phase-i-completion-party

About Coney Island USA: Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in the amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In existence since 1980, Coney Island USA has developed and produces a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best-loved summer programming, such as the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach and the Coney Island Film Festival.

SUPERSTRATA: 3D Printed Art

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I am pleased to be included in the Compound Gallery‘s exhibition Supertrata: 3D Printed Art in Oakland, California. I was sad not to have been able to make it out for the opening but if you are out near San Francisco, please check it out! Here’s a couple images of work of mine that went out to the show:

Coney Crush Saga

Coney Crush Saga, 3D printed PLA Plastic (3D scans of performers from the Coney Island Circus Sideshow), 12″h, ~30″w, 9″d

Grim, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 12"h, 21"w, 8"d

Grim, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 12″h, 21″w, 8″d

Grim- backlit

Grim- backlit

Creation, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 34"h, 31"w, 8"d

Creation, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 34″h, 31″w, 8″d

To give you an idea of the scale- this one's big!

To give you an idea of the scale- this one’s big!

Remembering Harold Feinstein: April 17, 1931 – June 20, 2015

Photo taken by Judith Thompson (Harold's wife) visiting Coney Island 2001 This image has been used in the fly-leaf of his books

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

Orthodox Jewish guys admiring Demonica and Phantom as I sit on the fence

Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man

Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man

Elvis in the World in Wax Musee

Elvis in the World in Wax Musee

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio Second Anniversary Mermaid Parade Portraits!

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.

Enjoy!

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Parade Queen Mermaid Julie Atlas Muz and King Neptune Mat Fraser

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Creepy Ronald McDonald the clown

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Time Out’s photog Filip stopped for a pose

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Too Much Beer?

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The Diaper Guy

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Badass Burlesque’s Velocity Chyaldd

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James and Camille Habacker of the Slipper Room

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An OctoPirate

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Zeroboy channeling his inner Popeye

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Lobster Girls

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Reverend Billy, Savitry D and family

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A Mermaid Family

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BooBoo Darlin’ as a Shrimp Cocktail

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Penguin

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A Jellyfish

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A Mermaid

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Eric the Fish

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Lil’ Miss Lixx as Champagne

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Mr. Gorgeous

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Bunny Love as Caviar

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Breakdancer

Kembra Pfahler 3D Portrait

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!

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Greetings From Pilchuck!

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

 

Creation Maquettes

  

3D Portraits

  

Portrait of Artist in Residence Joel Otterson

      

Glass hand holding Heart

  

Dan Friday Portrait

  

Il Cavallo

  

Goodbye Pilchuck! im excited to teach session 2 , 2016!

  

Bay Area Maker Faire Talk: Fredini’s History of Technology as Entertainment

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!