I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected as a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Wheaton Arts’ Creative Glass Center of America to pursue a body of work based on techniques I have been developing to cast glass from 3D printed positives. I plan to use the fellowship pursue works on themes of Heaven and Hell. These ideas evolved out my interest in Coney Island through Dreamland’s famed attractions of Creation and Hell Gate, but have deeper roots in art history- specifically Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise, Rodin’s Gates of Hell and Gustav Dore’s Paradise Lost. The themes of Heaven and Hell resonate to me in today’s era of climate change and environmental collapse, so I plan on exploring digital sculpting on top of 3D scanned imagery to create sculptures that can be 3D printed and cast in glass. Below is one work in progress from this new series. I’m really excited about exploring this work and hope to have some news about it in the future!
The Yale exhibit opens next week. I’ve been busy 3d printing some of my favorite portraits of circus sideshow performers. For historical context, this piece will be exhibited alongside some classic Edward Kelty photographs. I can’t wait to see the installation.
Last month I did a Makerfaire event for PepsiCo with the agency Sparks & Honey. I made 3D portraits for all the employees there. I’m just sending out the last batch of prints to all the PepsiCo employees we scanned. As a special thank you I’m throwing in these two jumbo blue prints of the guy drinking a Pepsi that I made on my SeeMeCNC Rostock Max delta printer. I think someone will appreciate them!
I recently travelled to Detroit to set up the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at Theatre Bizarre, a massive haunted masquerade ball that takes place in the largest Masonic Hall in the universe! It was the first time I have scanned in full color, and though I’m not quite up to printing in full color yet, the portraits were great! They really capture the costumes and the subject’s relationships. Please enjoy some highlights of Theatre Bizarre 2014 captured in the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio!
One of the local Coney Island guys I have known since he was a boy died this week. Carlos had a heart attack just short of celebrating his 40th birthday. He was a hustler at one of those crooked game joints you can never win at, but he was a nice guy underneath it all. I like to think that he got some culturing through seeing the shows at Coney Island USA over the years.
I 3D scanned Carlos last spring so I made a few prints to give to the family for the funeral. His dad is a big tough Hispanic guy with a gold tooth. When I gave him the print he broke down in tears. It was very touching.
I always thought that the 3D portraits would make good funeral stones but this is the first scanning subject I ever had that died. It was an intense experience that reminded me of the power an image like this can have.
I’m due to be in a Coney Island themed show at Yale University galleries this January. They want to place my 3D portraits adjacent to an Edward Kelty sideshow photo, so they want a similar grouping of performers. Maybe something like this would be good? WDYT?
My lecture from World Makerfaire New York has just gone live- Watch it on YouTube as I talk about my project and the history of technology as entertainment:
UPDATE: Download the Makerfaire Crew 3D files on Thingiverse! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:154462
The dust is settling after our triumphant show at the 2014 World Makerfaire New York! It’s been quite a week. Here’s some highlights of the last few days: