A collaboration between Kenneth Willardt, Robyn Lawley, Matt Starr, Rachel Weaver, and Myself. Together we created the first 3D projection mapping in the Chelsea Arts District. An incredible night and opportunity to work with such creative people.
Courtesy of: Milk Made Magazing
“Can I touch this?” asked one of the many sharp-dressed guests in Chelsea’s 558 Gallery last night. She could have been asking her friend about any number of things:Kenneth Willardt’s augmented reality prints of plus-sized supermodel Robyn Lawley (definitely not); the basement bed covered in red satin sheets (absolutely); or one of the two roasted pigs served in the center of a massive feast (we wouldn’t, personally).
While an art exhibit’s opening is hardly ever just about the art, the opening night of Willardt’s #SizeDoesMatter (on display by appointment until December 8th) was a multi-dimensional mashing of sizes, technology and beautiful naked women. On the studio’s first floor beside special QR codes hung giant prints of a nude Lawley surrounded by black cats, wild horses and pudgy bunnies; scan the code, hold your phone up to the print and suddenly the cats are prowling, the horse is nodding and the bunnies are hopping all over. This (and the three bars) would have been enough of a night for us, but we should have known the party was just getting started.
Downstairs, the show got even wilder as we crammed into a red-lit, book-making factory with walls lined in crushed metallic foil as three little people toiled over #SizeDoesMatter gift boxes for the art-hungry crowd. Planted in the middle of the futuristic-meets-retro room was a bed in case guests needed to nap or make out (we spotted one tongue-locked couple eyeing it). The two floors above were host to a gigantic table of fruits, cheeses and delicious meats that seemed ready to feed thousands.
“When I came to New York, I would go to these parties with projections and all kinds of stuff and be like ‘Whoa!’” Willardt told Milk Made. “I just want people to have an experience.” That experience wasn’t limited to those lucky enough to get into the gallery last night: Cars driving down the West Side Highway could see Lawley projected onto the building across the street, blown up to Attack-of-the-50-Foot-Woman proportions. Willardt’s show is a wild one and a brilliant treat for people who like their art best when it surrounds them in every shape and size. Just be careful what you touch.
courtesy of: IDS
Using video projections and fog machines, seniors Matt Starr and Taylor Bryant created a projection mapping show, bringing the Sample Gates alive for Arts Week
Each projection show was paired with original music by Jacobs School of Music
The shows, performed April 1 and 5, lasted 10 minutes, and the projections included images ranging from a simple outline of the gates to dancing pickles.
Starr and Bryant were approached by IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers and, from there, were inspired to propose a project for AWE.
Both seniors are pursuing a degree in digital art and are interested in video projection mapping.
“We chose the Sample Gates because of the actual geometry,” Starr said. “It’s not your typical building. It’s central, it’s the heart of campus.”
Bryant rendered the Sample Gates in 3-D from scratch. From that template, the seniors created animations.
“We didn’t want it to be like a typical projection mapping,” Bryant said.
Bryant has been teaching himself cinema, skills not taught in the School of Fine Arts, for about five years now.
Because most of their coursework is done on computers, Starr and Bryant said they enjoy projection mapping because it lets their ideas leave the computer screen.
“Matt got me into projection mapping,” Bryant said. “There is a lot of potential for stuff like this, and we wanted to take it to the next level.”
The seniors have been working on the projection show since the beginning of the semester. Both noted the support they received from public and from faculty members helped bring their idea into actuality.
“I’ve never found any other video projection mapping on a college campus, or no record of it,” Starr said. “As of now, we’re saying that this is the only one officially that has been done on a college campus and at least in Indiana, for that matter. We just want people to see what’s possible.”
By Morgan Smith
0:00 - INTRO
0:04 - Shiny Horse Mustard room (Creative Direction, Animation, Texture Mapping, Rendering)
0:07 - The Onion: TODAY NOW! (Matte Painting, Keying, Motion Tracking, Color Correction)
0:10 - Acerbic Films: VIP Mortgage (Creative Direction, Animation, Modeling, Texture, Rendering)
0:12 - Design4U (Creative Direction, Animation)
0:15 - The Onion: ONN Cast - Wendy's Commercial (Keying, Camera Moves, 3D Composite)
0:20 - The Limited TOO Zorb Projection - (Creative Direction, Animation)
0:22 - Cheddar Getter - (Creative Direction, Character Rigging, Texture Mapping, Rendering)
0:25 - Diane Coffee "HYMN" - (Creative Direction, Character Rigging/Modeling, Animation)
0:28 - Bethesda Games/The Onion: Wolfenstein 2nd person (Character Rigging, Animation, Rendering)
0:30 - Green Dogs - (Personal Project)
0:32 - The Onion: TODAY NOW! - Real Life Mr. Ed (Matte Painting, Animation, Color, and the Horse of course)
0:36 - The Onion: TODAY NOW! - Police Chase (3D Environment, Animation, Texture Mapping, Compositing)
0:38 - Cheddar Getter - (Creative Direction, Rigid Body Dynamics Cheese Factory Creation, Materials, etc.)
0:41 - The Limited TOO: Ceiling Projection - (Looped 3D Environment, Xpresso Rigged Cloud Generator)
0:43 - GIRAFFAGE VJ Loop - (Creative Direction, Animation, Modeling, Texture Mapping)
0:46 - Venus Twirl - (Personal Project)
0:47 - 2D Spherical Faces - (Personal Project)
0:48 - OUTRO
Audio: Onra - The Anthem
Additional Compositing/Directing by: JJ Shebesta - Eric Overton - Torlando Hakes - Matt Starr
A series of 3D renders created during my last few months as a resident of Bloomington, Indiana.
A selection of geometric and procedural animations created for various projects.
Projection mapping at The W Hotel: Times Square for the 2014 Superbowl weekend. Football imagery, as well as the two teams colors were mapped and animated on hanging pillars in the hotel lobby for guests to watch as they made their way to and from their rooms