On this site you will find a few portfolio examples of my art and design work. View the work and if you experience any issues or have any questions regarding this site please contact me.
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This work is inspired by the poem: “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” - Thomas Gray (1716 - '71)
Whether implicitly or explicitly, we fill our world with technology minions, and then flout them to toil until death. If you use the online control panel you can interact with these sculptures from anywhere you have an internet connection. Vote as often as you like knowing that your transmutation may, or may not, be experienced by someone.
Plus, these sculptures have an array of sensors examining their local surroundings. If you move within one meter of each the individual sculptures each may acknowledge your presence with color, sound, blinking, or all three. Video production credit to: Media Services, Instructional Media Services, UITS IUSB.
A response to a previous work, deliberately destroyed by a pre-tween in a tutu. It was not a performance piece, though that would have been awesome. That older piece was named Howard Hughes & Paula Deen acknowledging and emulating the systematic process leading up to and engaging in agoraphobia. This work is lighter, stronger, more modern, and more resilient while also being afflicted with said phobia. It also received an award at the Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC). Video production credit to: Media Services, Instructional Media Services, UITS IUSB.
This is a loose reference to the recent controversy over 3D printed hand guns. It responds only to a viewer who stands directly in its line of sight, and then it shoots off its mouth. The speed of the response is randomized using the viewer's range as the numeric kernel.
Media: Fiberglass rod and prototyping board, 3D printed plastic, light emitting diodes, Arduino, piezo speakers, various electronic components, rubber, medium density fiber board.
Dimensions: 41" x 12" x 12" top
This work is a combination of multiple current technologies and tools configured to imply an earlier time. It is an intentional implication of Plasticpunk if you will. In fitting with this now-stalgic ideology The 8-Bit Ascendant currently communicates a message often read at the end of the presupposed 8-bit era as it transitioned into a networked age. However, each time this sculpture is installed a new message is introduced providing an alternate experience.
Media: Fiberglass rod, prototyping board, 3D printed plastic, light emitting diodes, Arduino, piezo speakers, various electronic components, rubber, medium density fiber board. top
A solar powered outdoor installation. These solar powered flowers were created to worship the sun as a movie star and their source of life. Feeding off the solar energy they rattle and flash for attention and fall silent when anything comes between them & their adored. Video credit: Eric Souther.
Media: 3D printed plastic, fiberglass rod, prototyping board, photographic flash packs, acrylic resin, cell phone wobble motors, solar cells, silicone, MDF board.
Dimensions: 41" x 12" x 12" top
This robot creates an abstract expressionist painting while any viewer is present. In doing so it encourages the viewer to question their preconceived notions regarding the hand of the artist. To the right are samples of Art Bot's creations.
Language thru technology often subtracts audio and vuisual cues critical to the empathetic acceptance of a message. Filtering the message down to four letter words carries with it a natural agressive conotation in this casebeing presented from a minature creature like form. The monologue being displayed of the 1970's era seven segment display harken back over three centuries to Shakespeare. Video production credit to: Media Services, Instructional Media Services, UITS IUSB.
Media: Light emitting diodes, micro controllers, wire, glass, MDF board. top
Art Bot Admires Kinkade. Searching for it's muse under the paper, art bot decides when to apply some pigment to the page. Originally created for the Artlink Sharpie show, Fort Wayne, IN.
I wanted to emulate a human experience. In this case agoraphobia. Both Howard Hughes & Paula Deen may have suffered from this condition. As viewers surround the pedestal both towers of lights elongate and contract becoming increasingly active until they reach a state of panic. Unfortunately this work was deliberately destroyed by a pre-tween in a tutu. No, I'm not joking.
Media: Light emitting diodes, micro controllers, prototyping board, wire, servos, MDF board, lexan. top
This work represents a re-ordering of both the Anglo - Babylonian and Metric Time systems. My time scale divides the day into 100 much more palatable hours. Each hour is divided into 100 minutes, and each minute is divided into 100 seconds.
To make my timepiece a bit more universal I have removed the standard written numerals which often Indicate current time. To replace the numbers, I developed a simple graphic system consisting of dots and rings. Each dot is a count of 1 and each ring is equal to 10 dots. I arranged the seconds at the top, with the minutes displayed in the center, and the hours at the bottom.
I would like to thank Fafa & Mario from Glove & Boots for making me aware of the perils of vertical video. For the record, I had the second type of Vertical Video Syndrome.
Media: Birch. Brass, Acrylic, Aggregated Electronic Components, Arduino Mega, Polyester, Salt, Varnish. top
In the fall semester of 2013 I collaborated with IUSB Theatre & Dance to design and execute wearable technology for their performance of King Lear. I contributed the electronic work and programming for the illuminated crowns, arm pieces, 3D printed military awards and metals. I created many of the elements whole cloth while consulting with Costume Designer: Jason Lee Resler, and Director: Justin Amellio.
The gold crown base for King Lear was created by Jason Lee Resler. Once he was finished with the main structure I retrofitted the electronics to give it a less refined more dystopian futuristic look.
I was honored with the opportunity to create the entire minimalistic crown for the French King. I designed and 3D printed the head band. Then integrated the computer controlled lighting. This second technique was also used to create the armbands worn by King Lear’s solders (in camouflage uniforms). Video production credit to: Media Services, Instructional Media Services, UITS IUSB.
The armband illuminated blocks, illumination on the Lear crown, the French crown, plus the metals & earrings worn by the Lear entourage were my contribution. All the other fabulous costume work was by Jason Lee Resler. Process images linked here:
I recently spent two years teaching in the United Arab Emirates at Zayed University. It was, on the whole, a good experience and I wanted to sum up the perceptual transmutation I experienced during that time.
The contents include two Ortho/Litho images, an array of 198 three color LEDs, and five Arduino. The images are backlit by the lights which blink and change with an interactive variation. That variation is controlled via a range finder embedded In the work itself.
In order for the viewer to perceive the entire work they must approach the work. It does not reveal itself unless a viewer gets close enough to engage in the experience.
Media: Aggregated Electronic Components, LEDs, Arduino, Wire, Pine, Acrylic, Masonite.
34.5'' h x 28.5'' x 7.75''. top
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