Lighting Vassar Process (summer residency with Susan Reiser at Vassar College)
Susan Reiser and I were invited to be artists-in-residence this summer. We were to create works alongside the students working in the Summer Multi-Arts Collective. There were two student projects with 5 students total. We met weekly to discuss ideas and research development. We were in residence for 8 weeks of research and we now have a few weeks to complete the fabrication of our installation. Our project began when we arrived at Vassar and questioned what we could do at Vassar that we couldn't do anywhere else. Susan and I have been working remotely together for the past two years to find overlaps and connections between computer science and art in process. This summer we focused on color models, specifically the additive model (RGB), used both in computer science and art/design. We used Vassar's architecture as form inspiration in the 3 sculptural forms we are producing to cast shadows with RGB lighting. Connecting to the theme of the CAAD programming for 2016-2017 we considered the sense of "touch" as we worked to design the installation. The work is still in process, we are moving into the fabrication phase, and the final results will be on display at Vassar College in the Palmer Gallery in September 2017.
“In visual perception, a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art” - Josef Albers
Prepare Yourself for Sewing...Smithing...Sewing (late spring 2017)
This piece is a new direction in my work. This is my first attempt at embroidery. This piece is contemplating making: the tools, the time, the mental space required.
Layered Chiffon with Susan Reiser (spring 2017)
Layered Chiffon is a Seton Hall University Digital Humanities Fellowship project. I am working with Susan Reiser to create this interactive data driven installation. Layer Chiffon v 1.0 (beta) was on display at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 8.
Layer Chiffon" is a hands-on interactive installation inviting viewers to explore a sampled history of food, materials, and, gender roles in mid-20th Century America. Custom silicone Bundt "jello-like" forms will invite the viewer to touch or press on the jello-y forms. Sensors detect the pressure of the viewer interacting with the form and activate a video projection assigned to it. Each form has a unique video that is associated with the data input of the design. When each form is pressed individually the assigned video will project, when the viewer touches two forms at a time a different video will project allowing the viewer to navigate the videos creating a custom experience or narrative. Academic discipline connections in this piece include Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Marketing, History, Animation, and Art.
The forms are designed by data set inputs in three-dimensions. The digital workflow also includes computer-aided design and computer-assisted manufacturing processes to produce the molds. Each mold is later hand-finished and cast.
V 1.0 Beta is a working model. The videos are being edited for v 2.0 (Still Beta), the sensors are being designed to be more robust for longer use and interaction. We are working to get it on Raspberry Pi.
Modern Dowry Teapot (code by Susan Reiser)
Debt Tea (working title)
This teapot will be in an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, opening late June 2017.
The teapot profile is a representation of my monthly debt payments compared to my "savings" or remainder of undesignated funds at the end of each month. The diameter of each concave circle is representative of a debt payment and the convex circle, is the same figure, representing my leftover money after all payments are made each month. Susan Reiser wrote the Processing code to convert the figures to circles that was then turned into the footprint of the teapot.
The teapot will 3D printed in SLS nylon, electroformed copper and plated silver.
Clever on Sunday (2016)