Ethereal Arts Grant
Trevor paints with invisible glass that is exposed with a smartphone flash. The glass is shaped into a geometry that our pattern-recognizing minds interpret as recognizable forms. In this way, he makes physical art for the digital world.
He designed the invisible glass to flatter the underlying material and give the viewer something to marvel at after the light dies down. An astute young observer pointed out Croop's work is best IRL. As the deeply surprising hidden images jump forth into the viewer's smartphone, they are dazzled. They pocket their device and then more closely examine the work.
Croop’s invisible glass depicts Archimedes and his revolutionary astrolabe. The visible aspects evoke "Lincoln in Dalivision." Salvador Dalí's 1976 exploration of pixelation and emerging photomosaic technology. The original required a specialized viewing glass to fully experience and was one of Dalí's most counterfeit works.
Croop’s original work requires a smartphone flash to fully experience and portion.io ensures it will never fall victim to counterfeiting. Various interactive channels invite the viewer deeper into the work. Viewers can become contributors via portion.io and offered a chance to obtain a limited edition digital object from the artist. Learn more.
Part of an emerging generation of new media artists, Shirley employs technological processes in the service of larger issues related to human experience and fine art. Shirley creates real-time computer generated installations, and environments that alter our experience of concepts such as identity, conflict, language, and the passage of time. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is part of many private and public collections. Shirley has been working with Zemack contemporary Art Gallery (Tel-Aviv), Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York City) and Paule Anglim Gallery (San Francisco). She has a M.F.A, Conceptual Information Art, San Francisco State University.
For full bio see shirleyshor.com
ethereal charity auction
With the help of Portion.io, this year’s Ethereal Charity Auction will be bigger and more impactful than ever. A collection of donated and commissioned works will be included in a live-auction at the event on May 11th.
Proceeds will be benefiting The Foundation for Art & Blockchain, a non-profit that’s mission is to foster the culture of this technological movement and empower artists with renewed creative agency.