I recently upgraded my cellphone. As a promotion, they gave me a VR headset. The experience was a lot better than I imagined it would be. It inspired me to use my 3D modeling skills to create a virtual gallery to showcase some of my artwork.
This is an experimental piece…just an example, but I can already tell that it is interesting to me for a few reasons:
The sensation is similar to seeing a work of art in person.
Being a ‘virtual’ space, I can showcase my real work beside digital in a way that isn’t possible in reality.
I have a lot of friends who can’t visit my studio or gallery in real life, this gives them a chance to see the work…almost in person. So I hope you all are as excited as me about this. And if you don’t have a headset, you can see me in reality this Saturday at the Duveneck art show in Covington, KY. See you there!
I was first introduced to the idea of projection mapping last year at Cincinnati’s Lumenocity event at Music hall.
Two days ago, I premiered a series of animated projections for a live performance featuring Sarah Wood.
Since then, i’ve been fiddling with the projector, and trying to ‘map’ an existing room, to see if i can use colors and animations to transform the space.
I mapped a VERY crooked painting that was on my wall…so that the painting is illuminated with light…and then i placed an animation in the background. I cover the projector with my hand a few times, so you can see the wall without the light.
I think this test is a good proof of concept, and soon, I will map an entire wall at my gallery, and do something amazing. Stay tuned!
We have our poster for upcoming concert, and the closer we get, the more excited I am about sharing my animations on a stage while Sarah Wood makes beautiful music. I hope you will be able to join us for this groundbreaking art event.
I added a few patterns to the quilt animation, then added some colors and used the pattern as a background for a ‘cabin in the woods’. I also added some twinkling stars, and smoke coming from the chimney.
I made this for my sister. We just learned that she is pregnant with a little girl, so I wanted to make her something in pink. [kml_flashembed publishmethod=”static” fversion=”9.0.0″ movie=”http://www.kenswinson.com/media/pinkFlowers.swf” width=”600″ height=”350″ targetclass=”flashmovie”] [/kml_flashembed]
This game above is simple, and shouldn’t need instructions, but you can use the photo below for clues.
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, animation and ipad art. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.