I need your help to fund the an exhibition of new photography and video art works happening February 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. I have been working hard this past year to produce a series of photographs that have an impressionistic, dreamlike quality. In the video art pieces I create abstract generative 3D landscapes with light. In both mediums, the movement of the camera while exposing the sensor to light produces the visual aesthetic found in the work. With your support, these works will be exhibited at Gallery 381 in my first solo gallery show.
“Dreamy, fairyland, intriguing, impressive and outstanding” - Barb Kennedy on 500px
Introduction to Kinetic Light Photography
Kinetic photography is an experimental photographic technique where motion resulting from physical forces applied to the camera is recorded over time and used to create an image. Some photographers prefer to make random movements, revolving their camera around the strap or tossing their camera into the air while exposing like they were playing with a ball. These techniques are often unpredictable. I prefer to play with the light another way, making gestural movements with the camera while the sensor is exposed to light.
Instead of leaving the composition up to chance, I search for scenes filled with beautiful light and construct surreal abstract expressionist images by moving the camera while exposing the frame. The resulting aesthetic presents a distorted view of reality open to interpretation by the viewer. I usually don't reveal the personal meaning in these works except for hinting at it in the title. I offer an experience for the viewer to construct their own meaning from their subconscious mind. In this way, the work is steeped in a surrealist worldview.
"I like this new approach, works well, as well as being literally a fresh perspective."
- Alan Humphris on 500px
The work questions the human perceptual awareness of space and time. It is an extension of early studies in motion photography. While futurist photographers and even the cubists in the early 20th century thought in terms of the Machine Age, this work offers a perspective from the Electronic Age we currently live.
The photographs are mostly in their original crop with little to none photo manipulation.
The resulting contributions of this Kickstarter will go toward framing and printing the 30" x 24" and 24" x 16" museum quality fine art prints for the exhibition. For a donation of $200 you get a 24" x 16" limited edition print that is in the same edition of prints in the exhibition.
A Different Approach For Kinetic Video
In the video art pieces I play with light a different way. I created a digital video synthesizer for the web browser that essentially takes light entering a video camera and converts the brightness of each video pixel to the displacement of three dimensional geometry that glows on the screen. The resulting video artworks are abstract like the photographs in the exhibition, but take on an aesthetic of their own.
While the photography in the exhibition questions human visual perception, the video asks the viewer to consider how the visualization of data alters their perception of the world.
Each of the video art pieces are 1-2 minutes in duration and play in a loop on a monitor in the exhibition.
This work is very experimental. Synth is a web app I created for video artists to create new, original works. Even though the synthesizer is currently in alpha, it is stable enough for me to create video art works.
The Kinetic Light eBook
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, an eBook will be created for the exhibition that showcases the entire collection of kinetic photo and video works I have created this past year. The kinetic photographs look particularly incredible when viewed on Retina displays. The eBook will also have links to direct downloads for HD quality wallpapers free for personal use on your tablet or computer desktop. For a $25 donation, you get not only the eBook, but direct downloads of HD wallpapers!
The Kinetic Light eBook will initially be available on the Apple iBookstore. I will provide a direct download to supporters as a reward around the time of the exhibition in February 2014.
Your Contribution Helps Me Fund The Costs Of The Exhibition
I have to come up with the money to make this show happen. This is my first solo exhibition and I am really excited to share this work with the world. I need the necessarily funds to print and frame the photographic works, purchase a monitor and blu ray player to loop the video works, and hopefully have a little left over for publicizing the show. I think $1000 is actually a modest sum to ask for all of this and also a reasonable goal for this Kickstarter. If I can't raise these funds, I can't afford to exhibit all the works that are required to fill the gallery space, so please help!
Any contributions over $1000 would only make the exhibition even better. I would put the money into publicizing the show in multiple publications. With more money I could custom signage for the front windows of the gallery, print a low cost edition of prints for people attending the exhibition, or even install a live interactive video art piece at the exhibit instead of the prerecorded videos that play in a loop.
Please support this project! Your donation will help a young artist construct his first solo exhibition.
Kinetic Light: Abstract Photography of Steve Belovarich
March 6th - Late May
Opening Night: Thursday, March 6th
381 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
How Will The Work Be Displayed?
The first two pieces in the exhibition will be displayed as 30" x 24" museum quality fine art prints.
The remaining photographic work will be displayed as 24" x 16" museum quality fine art prints.
A 24" LCD video monitor will loop works created by Steve Belovarich with Synth, a WebGL video synthesizer currently in development.
Synth was recently chosen as a Chrome Experiment. I am actively updating the web based video synthesizer to be more stable while creating original works to display at the exhibition.
Risks and challenges
The greatest obstacle for this project is a lack of necessary funds to put the exhibition together. This is my first solo exhibition and it's a lot of work. I have already edited down the photography and have an estimate from a printer and framer. I am in the process of creating video art pieces for the exhibition. At a rate of creating 2-3 per week I feel good about meeting the deadline.
Getting all the photographic work printed and framed is the priority, however I would like to also include a video installation in this exhibit and lack the monitor and blu ray player currently, but certainly don't lack the know how and drive to get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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