The digital painting above was made using multiple image editing applications and treatments. Mobile Applications like Glitche’ offer a high resolution output option for printing at larger scales. I love this about Glitch’e. I also love re-manipulating images into further iterations for both print output and presentation on web (as you will see below.) I saved the image above to both my desktop and mobile device making it accessible at all times. Lets talk about this series and their processes.

Immediacy

On the same day, I took a visit to the Whitney Museum’s 1980’s painting show. The show inspired this piece above that was made site on scene. Yes, my studio is always open, and its always with me. “The studio” is really more of a way of thinking and being than one physical space. One physical space feels limiting to me. I do have a studio space here in NY, but that space is only one part of the entire module that defines “my studio”. Using the augmented reality mobile application To.Be Cam I was able to apply a “fragment” from the image above directly into the contour form of a man who was standing in front of me. The man had no idea he had become a part of the piece, should I have asked him for his contour line? hmm, you can decide for yourself. I immediately posted the combined image to my twitter and Instagram feeds. It was fun to see the Whitney’s social media correspondent acknowledge the image with a “like” when I tagged them. All of this was executed in less than 5 minutes time..This raises some interesting questions about the process of how I make my work. I will list those questions in a new series of blog posts this year as more works of this nature are generated.

Thats same night I then extracted the individual graphic from the whole scene (how could I not?) and used a horizontal mirroring effect to isolate the static graphics using adobe photoshop. Saving the original file as a photoshop psd. but also exporting the image for the web as a PNG24 file allows the user to make the background transparent. This allows for easy layering in other related applications like photoshop, illustrator, newhive, to.be & Glitche’ (and more.) Of course these graphics also needed to be animated, you understand that right? Once the individual interior contours of the forms were animated I created this piece below, but alas, where did that motion graphic come from?

The motion graphic is one of the manipulated portraits from the long ongoing series working from a single image, a portrait that I have been degenerating and regenerating for over 20 years now. I know, thats quite a commitment to a single image! There will be more on that in another post, but for now, the motion graphic inside the standing figure is the one you see below.

The static figure reappeared in Penn Station as I waited for my train, and public spaces started to become platforms for augmenting my personal experiences. What does this say about we can “see” the world? The one we “think” we know so well. What happens to one’s perceptions of what is possible in public space once one begins augmenting it everyday? Well, one may realize it has a lot more control over what it wishes to experience in that space, and how it can effect it and those in it.

As I mentioned, I love using site on scene applications and their immediacy based abilities. The simple awareness of a new building being built can allow for more digital immediacy and instant intervention. I see a blank canvas, I take action. Think of how often you see empty public spaces that are calling for your attention, application and augmentation!

The Glitche’ app easily allow the user to fill these spaces by layering images and video directly into the contours of a solid selected area. Apps like Back Eraser also come in handy for removing specific areas with an eraser tool. I first added the image into the space as a static moment, grabbed a screen shot and proceeded to add/insert the video below. Keep in mind, this image is the same image from the image I manipulated in the first frame above.

The original animation. I saw the idea take shape in my mind’s eye right away. A flat large surface nestled right into public space.. The ideas start flowing in several times a day with each and every space and place I visit.

Ahem….you get the idea now, will you participate? What will you change about your reality and how you can see it?

Easy enough, I extracted the shape of the unused ad space and wooden construction box with the selection tool in photoshop and saved the image as both a psd. file and a transparent png. This leaves me with options both immediate and also ambitions of a return at a later date.

The image above is embedded from my newhive platform. I added the characters into the newhive field as transparent png files. As a result of this series above, I wanted to make, well, MORE! In the link below I became inspired to work more with the interior of the contour line of the figures.

“#howto – Storytelling A #NetArt Series”
June 2017
Various Digital Iterations, Static to Animation techniques and processes.

For more works on this topic, check out http://www.ryanseslow.com/shadows-of-the-electric-self/