Last night, the Brooklyn Museum hosted its annual Artists Ball, where it awarded its higheset honors to art partrons Jane and David Walentas, as well as recognized the legendary artists Jenny Holzer, Kehinde Wiley, and Ai Weiwei (whose new exhibition According To What? was previewed, as well).
The gala was a rather extravagant affair and was followed by afterparty that included a performance by Le1f, a room with candy stuck to the walls designed by Flour Shop, and an open bar. While the crowd members gave the impression that they felt too overdressed to be bothered by the sweat that denotes a Le1f performance (except for a fun handful who took advantage of the free drinks), everyone in attendance was undeniably hooked to an interactive video painting installation created by SWEATSHOPPE.
A multimedia art duo made up by Bruno Levy and Blake Shaw, SWEATSHOPPE is known for its Vimeo Award-winning short of the artists trekking across Europe to video paint the walls of various cities in dancing, neon visualizations. SWEATSHOPPE has since worked on a variety of other projects, but were kind enough to bring their unique craft to the giant walls of the Brooklyn Museum last night for attendees to test out.
To elaborate, video painting includes special system where a paint roller is embedded with infrared LEDs, which are turned on by a switch at the bottom of the roller. A Kinect camera is set up to "see" the LEDs, which alerts a computer of the roller's position and subsequently splashes video images on any surface. Last night's visualizations were filled with surrealist iconography—giant laughing mouths, uncooked fish, and more, all distinguished by hyper-vibrant colors. The museum-goers ate it up and there was a line all night.
Levy shared with us a video of the installation in action above. He and Shaw each have a variety of upcoming projects, including Levy's own audio-visual performance at Pioneer Work's gallery on May 11th. If it's even as remotely engaging as the video painting, then you'll see us there.
See some photos of SWEATSHOPPE's set up in action below:
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