Today is a bit of a dreary day. The first cold day since we got here.

The mountains are covered by fog and it is much colder today.

(The images are from my front step… that’s Latifa’s house, across the lawn.)

Collaboration is a funny thing.  Honestly, sometimes the idea scares me a little, especially if the people you will be collaborating with are people you don’t know very well.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous about the idea of collaborating on this residency with Latifa, who I had not even heard of before.  But it’s going really well.  We’re getting along really well, and I really like her as a person.  We do have separate styles, and skills (of course), but I think our personalities and interests are matching up perfectly.

Kristin tells us that we are probably the only pair of artists to do the Trap/Door residency and actually work together.  I find that a little surprising.

These are some stereogram viewfinders I was making today. We still need to work on refining the images for inside of them.

We’ve got a bunch of things on the go, and a good portion of them are things that either of us may not have explored on our own.  I think that’s one of the perks of collaborating…. your lines of thought are influenced by two people, and so are not as linear as they would be working on your own.  You are exposed to another way of thinking, another way of working, another point of view.  And we’ve been collaborating in different ways… for example, there are things we are working on together (such as researching SIRDs and anaglyphs, and learning Blender, for example), and things we are working on separately (I’m doing a bit of a video thing, and Latifa’s doing a humongous drawing, and will be working with sound if she can get some interviews), but all this will come together in the end, as it is all generally related to our theme, Perception.

We’ve also been talking a lot… about life, art, and other artists.  Latifa also knows a lot about nature and travelling, and I’ve been learning a lot from her.  We’ve also been cooking for each other, taking turns… it’s like having a dinner party every night. I’m really enjoying the experience. :)

My First SIRD

I am so excited about learning Blender the 3D modelling program. We spent 5 hours yesterday going through the tutorial. There is incredible potential in this vast and still largely incomprehensible world. Like I said to Jen, I wouldn’t have taken the initiative to learn this program, which seems like nonsense at first glance, without the motivation of working with her and being here at the Gushul. So here is my first attempt. I will give you a hint : it is a shape!

So I hope that wasn’t too difficult, unless you have an eye condition :
People with amblyopia (also known as lazy eye) are unable to see the three-dimensional images. Children with poor or dysfunctional eyesight during a critical period in childhood may grow up stereoblind, as their brains are not stimulated by stereo images during the critical period. If such a vision problem is not corrected in the early childhood, the damage becomes permanent and the adult will never be able to see autostereograms.[2][11] It is estimated that some 1% to 5% of the population is affected by amblyopia.[12]

It took me an hour to get the lighting more or less the way I wanted it. Here is the base 3D image :

The Cos/ SIRDs

This is an SIRD image we generated online. Unfortunately, the end of the word is cut off.

Last night, we went for an adventure and went out in Blairmore.  We went to The Cos (The Cosmopolitan) in downtown Blairmore.  The girls (Latifa and her sister, who is currently visiting) had never really been to a small town bar, and I think it was an interesting experience for them.  For me, it was a bit of a trip down Nostalgia Lane.  I gre up in a little town, and while the bar was not the same bar, it definitely had the same vibes and patterns, and felt like home.  Lol.  I was thinking a lot about my high school friends, and that point in my life.

Anyway, I must admit that I haven’t been feeling too motivated lately.  While we have been playing with a few things, I’ve been feeling a little stuck.  I’ve been playing with a little of the video I’ve been collecting, and, honestly, avoiding the 3d.  But I have been doing a bit of research, and I think maybe today I’ll play with an open source program I got, Blender (which is a “3D content creation suite”), which hopefully I can use to see if I can use it to develop a couple of SIRDs, (Single Image Random Dot Stereograms) we’ve been wanting to create (like a Magic Eye).

And here’s a link to a moving SIRD! Exciting!

Stereoscopic vs. Anaglyphic


This is an example of a sample I have been working on, which we will get printed to see how it works (hopefully).

So, if you’ve been “perceptive,” you may have noticed that Latifa and I are working with a theme of “Perception.”  We’ve been doing a lot of research on Stereoscopic and Anaglyphic images.

For example, stereoscopic images are when each eye is presented with a slightly different image, and the brain puts the two together, tricking you into thinking you are actually seeing 3D.  I’m sure you’re familiar with these- We remember the Magic Eye posters on the walls of elementary school classrooms.

I wonder, is this Charlie?

Here’s a couple of links to see what I mean.

How to Make Drawings or Photographs in Stereoscopic Pairs

Let’s Build a Steroscope

Anaglyphic images are images where two differently colored images are superimposed on top of each other.  This is an example of one I made yesterday…. You will need 3D glasses to view these properly…

Wikipedia: Anaglyph Images

Anaglyphs: Flickr Gallery

Making Anaglyph Images

Here’s another 3D image that I made…. If you look at it cross eyed, you’ll see that the Z’s are in the foreground, and the X’s are in the background.  This has to do with the spacing between things.

We’ve also discovered a generator…!