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Platform light painting

Color-changing art presents unique challenges.
With more color-changing visuals entering our environment, I am provoked to question, "Why would a work of art change color?" I have invested considerable time in creating color-changing works, and I have attempted to create compositions that demand color evolutions. This underlying question remains a challenge.

SpleenCoffin Installation

Installation of light and sound for the SpleenCoffin Festival in Baltmore, 2016.

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LED Chromaccord
The image shows six color-states of the LED Chromaccord, a color-performance instrument. A manual control panel is used to create color variations during performance. The instrument allows image-shaping "stencils" to be replaced so color changes appear in different forms.

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Reverse Lens - acrylic on canvas
"Reverse Lens" (acrylic paint on canvas) looks through a telescope the wrong way. The painting looks at the viewer. The painting looks through the painter like he is transparent. Nothing is hidden.

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About Daniel

Baltimore City

I pursue the challenge of developing technology-assisted art, while continuing to work with traditional media in visual and sound art. Experimentation opens fresh avenues of expression, and the cross-stimulation of diverse artistic interests furthers the development of long-held core concepts. For example, video and LED-based art contrast with painting on canvas to deepen my core interest in, and understanding of, color and color relationships. Working on artistic projects has been my primary... more

Platform - a light painting

Platform was completed in July 2017. It measures 30" x 24" x 5".
The purpose of this project was to observe how color-changes influence the perception of spatial elements in the geometric image composition.

  • "Platform" light painting in 12 color-states.

    "Platform" light painting in 12 color-states.
    This image reads like a comic. Color transitions can be difficult to visualize, but this series illustrates the variety and complexity of color-changes in this art.
  • Platform light painting

    Platform light painting in a color-state.
    One color-state of "Platform".
  • Platform - Light Painting

    Platform was completed in July 2017. It measures 30" x 24" x 5". The purpose of this project was to observe how color-changes influence the percption of spatial elements in the image composition.
  • "Platform" Time-Lapse

    This light painting is designed to be displayed in a living environment where very slow color-changes create an unique experience. As a video, however, slow changes are boring; this time-lapse video gives a rapid view of color-changes in this artwork.
  • Platform - interior

    Platform - interior structure.
    This image gives a glimpse inside to see some of the complexity of the construction. The interior of a light painting is not part of its intended visual experience.

Edge - light painting

"Edge" uses a composition designed to experiment with the effect of color changes on the perception of geometric spatial ambiguity. The box measures 22"w x 30"h x 5"d.

Tropical Illusion

'Tropical Illusion" is a light painting made with colored LEDs that slowly fade, producing virtually endless color combinations. Fade rates for this piece are very slow, making color-changes barely perceptible. The viewer has time to observe a static color state before noticing that it is changing. Tropical Illusion was completed in May, 2016. The dimensions are 22” x 30” x 4.5”. It uses 9 watts of power or less.

Udaia

Udaia is a study for the use of color-change in a relatively complex arrangement of forms. The abstract design alludes vaguely to a cityscape. This piece has many color areas, each with an independent color gamut, some including black. The artist makes an effort to visualize as many color changes and combination as possible so the piece will have a well composed appearance throughout the extensive range of color combinations produced by the control circuitry.
Dimensions: 24"w x 18"h x 4.5"d
Materials: colored LEDs, electronic circuit, acrylic plastic screen, wood, metal, paper.

  • Udaia - image 1

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 2

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 3

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 4

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 6

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 7

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia - image 8

    This image series demonstrates Udaia's diversity of appearance as LEDs slowly change.
  • Udaia

    The light painting is shown as it appears hanging on a wall. The image holds up well in normal living room lighting, but bright illumination washes out the colors on the screen.

LED Chromaccord - Color Performance Instrument

A “chromaccord” is a visual performance instrument that displays areas of color on a screen; the 'chromaccord effect' is purposeful engagement of after-image as an active element in a visual performance. A performer can alter the color of each area using a dimmer control panel. This is the fourth chromaccord I have built. Previous chromaccords display a color circle on a color field.

The LED Chromaccord is designed to have interchangeable "stencils" that change the shapes of color areas. The control panel is programmable, so control faders can be assigned to different light groups in the display unit according to the configuration of each stencil. The small image on the display unit is enlarged through a video camera-to-projector system for public presentation.

  • LED Chromaccord - Color Performance Instrument

    This diagram shows how the LED Chromaccord operates.
  • Dave Heumann & Dan Conrad at EMP July 14, 2017

    Live performance at EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD. on July 14, 2017. Dave Heuman is featured on guitar and Daniel Conrad on LED Chromaccord. This video was recorded from the video feed to the projector.
  • Box-Fold

    The Box-Fold stencil uses a simple optical illusion to create an ambiguous 3D image. This is combined with color changes to add further illusions. This is a short demonstration by Daniel Conrad recorded January, 2016.
  • LED Chromaccord - 'Target' Stencil

    The stencil shown in the inset produces the pattern shown on the screen.
  • Chromaccord - LED

    The LED Chromaccord is a color performance instrument that can be played with different shapes, or 'stencils', used to partition the light areas. This stencil has concentric circles similar to the classic chromaccord arrangement. This is a short demonstration by Daniel Conrad recorded January 15, 2016.
  • LED Chromaccord - 'Stars'

    The 'Stars' stencil is shown and three images of color-states it produces.
  • Stars

    The stencil used for this pattern is 3 dimensional, introducing fades and gradients in the colors that could not be generated in live time with a digital system.
  • 1999 Chromaccord

    A chromaccord built in 1999 often performed locally and regionally. Five color-states are shown at right. The circle on a field is analogous to the retina, with a foveal area and periphery. The 'chromaccord effect' is purposeful engagement of after-image as an active element in a visual performance.

Drift

Size: 30” x 48”

The colors at each end of the large color field change in different color cycles, creating slow undulations like ocean waves.

The challenge with ‘Drift’ was to create a long smooth color gradient with LED illumination controlled by an analog circuit.

The borders at the top and bottom are the same color, but often appear different due to simultaneous contrast.

Nova - light painting

Nova
Size - 2' x 2; on diagonal.

Complementary hues of blue and amber mix to white when both colors of LEDs are fully on. There are no white LEDs in this piece. Nova's four-way symmetry reflects the logic structure of the analog circuit that drives LED fade patterns.

Sash – a study in transparency.

LED lights behind acrylic diffusing screen, electronic fade control.
Size: 18” x 24”

The curved shape is intended to resemble a cloth, or perhaps a curtain hanging in front of a window. The colors of the frame and the shape combine where they overlap at the top and bottom. It is an unusual type of transparency because the colors combine additively, unlike the subtractive effect that might occur with real materials.

TANG - light and painting

Acrylic and cut canvas on slotted wood panel, LEDs, Arduino control.
22.5” x 30” x 3.5”

TANG is an experiment in integrating colored light with painting. Unlike previous light paintings that use a diffusing screen on the front, the LED light in TANG is diffused between surfaces inside the chamber behind the front panel of the piece. This allows a painterly development on the front. Chromatic differences between LED light and paint present an interesting challenge. TANG looks at an abstract but rustic still life of leaves which has been cut through by the crisp brilliance of angular luminous strokes.

TANG uses an Arduino microprocessor to control LED color sequences. Programming has been achieved with assistance from Alan Grover. As programming methods are refined, possibilities for further development abound.

  • TANG

    Painting with internal color-changing illumination.
  • Tang

    Internal illumination areas fade independently creating many color combinations.
  • TANG

    Different room lighting produces different appearance.

Paintings - acrylic on canvas

Light paintings require careful design and crafting. In contrast, painting on paper or canvas offers immediacy of execution, textures, and details of shape that are not available in the light painting medium. At the same time, it provides a way to explore subject matter, composition, color relationship, and line - all factors that play a role in light paintings as well.

  • Deflection

    "Deflection" Acrylic on canvas
    "Deflection" Acrylic on canvas August 2015 23"w x 35"h
  • Preparing for Change

    Preparing for Change	acrylic on canvas     23" x 31"
    Preparing for Change acrylic on canvas May 2016 23" x 31"
  • Pedestrian

    Pedestrian
    Pedestrian acrylic on canvas February 2016 23" x 31"
  • Reverse Lens

    Reverse Lens
    Reverse Lens acrylic on canvas October 2016 35" x 23"
  • String Theory

    String Theory
    String Theory acrylic on canvas December 2016 18" x 24"
  • Exact Science

    Exact Science
    Exact Science acrylic on canvas November 2016 18" x 24"
  • Still Air

    Still Air
    Still Air acrylic on canvas June 2016 35" x 23"
  • Nautical Navigation

    August 2015 42" x 31" Acrylic on canvas.
  • Water Cycle

    June 2015 30"w x 42"h Plywood, canvas, acrylic paint, rusted steel, clear latex.
  • The Lion Hunt

    July 2015 36"w x 48"h acrylic on canvas.

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