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Mood -the Hybrid Craft Artwork

Mood-Doom

Mixed Media Sculpture Albert Laine 2014

Mixed Media Sculpture
Albert Laine 2014

Mood” incorporates the knowledge of many different skills into a single artifact. It is a combination of traditional hand-crafts (sculpting, woodwork), digital 3D modeling and experimental electronics. The base of the sculpture was built from wood, and the characters were sculpted with a traditional build-up method, using polymer clay on top of a metal wire armature. Electronic devices such as FM radio and 1,8 inch screens were integrated, creating a functional whole where 3D printing and electronic media art complements each other. Additionally, software hacking had to be implemented in the form of injecting numerical values to software live memory area. Bringing all of the components together required diverse knowledge and skills, from aesthetic decision making to manual tool work and electronic skills.

The wrestler’s head-screens are playing the default run of the ID Software classic “Doom” -with the blood patch. The on-game audio is FM transmitted, thus enabling the use of a beefier sound system or FM headphones.

The aesthetic goal was to combine classical, idealized (Golden Section/Fibonacci) anatomic figurative sculpture and contemporary graffiti-influenced expressionistic visual language with the fast paced visual intensity of ID Software’s iconic game: “Doom”. The name “Mood” is derived by reversing the letters in “Doom”. The static, monochromatic sculptural shapes contrast with the moving, colorful CG graphics of the 90’s interactive entertainment media.

The 3D printed parts were modeled in Blender and printed with Ultimaker 2. The electronics were compiled from cheap off-the-shelf & e-waste devices.

The electronic parts used include:

SH86281AP/064PR (Logic IC)

AS6001SP8 (FM Modulator IC)

JBL Pro laptop speakers (built in to the base) for quiet surroundings

2x Howard Leight Bilsom Radio (EN352-1 certified) Multiple-Position Noise Blocking FM/AM ear muffs, for loud surroundings

The artwork is approximately 0.5m high, and requires 5V/2A electric power. Power adapters from 220V mains are included. A white hollow cubic pedestal should be incorporated in gallery floor installations, to elevate the artwork to a reasonable eyesight height and to hide the power cables.

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Note: Wacom tablet + Dualscreen desktop setup

I encountered a problem using two screens with my trusty old Wacom Intuos 2 A5 tablet, as there was no option of 1:1 proportion mapping in pen mode spanning over both screens, without losing a significant amount of the tablets active area.

Solution: Buying a new version, with a “switch mapping -feature” (no thanks Wacom)..

or…

Autohotkey script (works with all Wacom tablets, including the Bamboo and Graphire -series)

I found this solution from the Wacom forum, but alas, it did not work “off the bat”.

A more updated version of the same procedure was here, in the autohotkey support community.

It didn’t work either, as I have a 64-bit windows. After a bit of research, I modified the script, that now works 100%

Procedure:

1: Download and install Autohotkey

http://www.autohotkey.com/

2: Make a new text file (on the desktop or where ever), and paste this code in to it:

#NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

;Wacom Display Toggle – Invoked by tilde ~ key

~::

IfWinNotExist Wacom Tablet Properties
{
;If control panel is not open, open it and set to pen mapping mode, then minimize
run,%A_WinDir%\System32\control.exe WacomTablet.cpl
WinWait,Wacom Tablet Properties
ControlClick,x140 y220,Wacom Tablet Properties ;mapping tab location
WinMinimize,Wacom Tablet Properties
}
;Still check if window exists
ifWinExist Wacom Tablet Properties
{
;Check if Control Panel is in Mapping mode
ControlGet,mapmode,FindString,Full,ComboBox2,Wacom Tablet Properties
ifNotEqual,mapmode,1
{
;set cpl to pen mapping mode before switching
WinActivate,Wacom Tablet Properties
WinWait,Wacom Tablet Properties
ControlClick,Button3,Wacom Tablet Properties
ControlClick,x140 y220,Wacom Tablet Properties ;mapping tab location
WinMinimize,Wacom Tablet Properties
}
ControlGet, mon, choice,,ComboBox2,Wacom Tablet Properties
if (InStr(mon,1))
{
Control, Choose,4,ComboBox2,Wacom Tablet Properties
}
Else
{
Control, Choose,3,ComboBox2,Wacom Tablet Properties
}
}
;Check if mouse buttons are being held. If so, keep held and switch to other monitor.
GetKeyState, state, LButton, P
if state = U
{
GetKeyState, state, RButton, P
if state = U
{
GetKeyState, state, MButton, P
if state = U
{
WinActivate,Program Manager
return
}
}
}
else
return

3: Save as WacomToggle.ahk, and move it in to a safe place (My Documents etc…)

4: Make a shortcut of your .ahk script to your \Start Menu\Programs\Startup -folder, to run at startup.

Done!

note: you can change the tilde ~ key in the .ahk script to whatever shortcut (win+space etc…) suits you better.


New artwork

CloudZ.

Seek, and thou shall find...

Clicking the image brings a bit larger view of the piece.

Doing this, I ended up thinking about stereotypes, responsibility and social pressure, but it has elements and room for interpretation.
It took some 10 intense painting sessions to get it where it is.

It’s available in (insanely high resolution) physical format as well.

If you like it, feel free to share the link etc. I like to hear what people think, feel & see in this stuff.

I have projects where I’m using this piece, so stay tuned!


CarryOn

Click the image for a larger view.

Original: Graphite on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm

Cubistic-surrealistic-expressionistic-whatever

It somehow describes and explains dependency to me.

Cannot stop anymore…


A Sculpture

I promised to post some 3D work I do. It is carved from a block of Russian Marble. It’s my first stonework.

This is going to be a long post, so bare with me,,,

As usual, I didn’t have an idea or reference in the beginning. I just let the shape of the stone guide me. I’ll post the process with the steps, I have photographed.

The first thing I found, was the lips, and after that, I found the dynamics for the head.

marmor_1

I work with Tungsten-Carbide chisel, and a hammer, and a multitool (with Aluminium Oxide and Diamond burrs).

Then I found, that there’s a body for the head in the block aswell ! So little by little,,,

marmor-jatkuu_etu

I worked my way closer to the surface, just to find the right feel for every shape. Therefore, If I worked on another part, I usually had to work  a bit everywhere, to get the interaction of the shapes feel right.

marmor_etu

Another view:

marmor_sivu2

An another:

marmor_taka

Yet another viewpoint:

marmor_sivu

I do enjoy sculpting, and it seem’s to work out well (I did cheat a little, by reading about the teqniques to sculpt stone from the internet!).

Tell me what it makes you feel, and if you have seen similar work done by others. I love to learn from the past, as it shows direction to the future.


What Came Out Of My Subconscious

I found a nice method to paint, that (rather than adding dark lines of values to white background) works by making the background medium dark or black, and adding light to “illuminate” the scene.

Sometimes it was kinda scary seeing, what comes from the darkness.

Think About It

Think About It

Larger version here.

This is a part of my “Surreal Superheroes” series, where I tap in to my subconscious mind, and let it make the picture preconscious.

A video, of the process:


I will blog in English.

To freshen the post up a bit, I included a glimpse of my art.

.HeadAche

This one was about 6,5cmx6,5cm pencil drawing scanned, and manipulated digitally. I’ll post the original pencil drawing later!

I have made the decision to have this blog in English, even though my native language is Finnish. The reason is evident;  This is the internet.

Most people stumble  in to interesting subjects by accident, and / or with search words in English.

As I will share thoughts, that (hopefully) many people can relate to, they will reach more people, if written in English.

Therefore I made the (informatically democratic) decision, to have my blog in English.