Imagine painting with projections, without the use of any paint, live and with out post-production. Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy of the new SWEATSHOPPE collective have done that with the use of Jitter and a laptop, transforming ordinary paint rollers into tools for apply real projections like light graffiti. They demonstrate the work on the walls of New York City neighborhoods. The gimmick alone is striking, but it’s ultimately the design – as usual – that carries their creation and draws you in (so to speak). With brilliant, acidic-neon colors, and high-contrast, Warhol-style graphic imagery, they bring back some of New York’s renegade spirit. Blake hails from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, a city that has some experience in making two-minute loops exciting. Suffice to say, this work is also very much in the spirit of the augmented mural I also found in my inbox this week.
More background on this immensely talented and accomplished crew, plus the elegant method that makes the trick work (the revelation of which, to me, makes it no less interesting).
Description of the top video:
In an effort to establish new platforms for public art and performance, the multimedia duo SWEATSHOPPE has developed a new interactive technology that enables them to explore the relationship between video, mark making and architecture. Dubbed “video painting”, this technology allows them to essentially “paint” video onto anysurface. Shooting in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, the duo spent weeks documenting their work in urban settings to create “The Landing” the first in a series of episodes that showcases their work as artist, technologist and performers.