Cross-Eyed Traffic

If you go into Boho this month, you’ll find new art by ColinTheKid. No! Stop staring at the beautiful brunette behind the register. Look at the blocks of wood on the walls to your right. See that one with two images of Jimi Hendrix? Yeahhh. Now cross your eyes. Don’t worry, the Boho girl has people doing this all the time. Keep your eyes crossed, but let your view of Hendrix relax a little… See that?! Fuck yeah, you just made a 3D Hendrix.

Stereoscopy is the practice of giving the illusion of depth to a two-dimensional image. ColinTheKid has chosen stereoscopy as his artistic niche, and his first foray into the medium is successful on many levels. Each piece of stereoscopic art is printed onto pieces of old cupboard doors, boosting your vintage indie kid points and keeping the price tags at $30 each. Pretty damn good for great art that comes in more than two dimensions.

The two slightly opposed images you’ll see on each piece of wood were captured with a Contaflex IV, a classy behemoth of a camera hailing from 1956. Pictured here you can see the Contaflex with its 3D magic-maker, the Steritar-B lens attachment.

When asked about the philosophical reasons and implications behind his show, Colin used the principle of stereoscopy as a metaphor. It’s inevitable that two people looking at one issue will have two different views of the issue. Sometimes their views oppose each other (like the two images captured with the Contaflex). The real magic happens when the two opposed views are allowed to meet and mix, creating a third, integrated view. Pretty cool, huh?

Most of Colin’s work expresses different aspects of the natural landscape we live in; a tree with oranges growing out of it, huge growths of volcanic rock from Upper Park, or huge logs being swallowed up in the green forest of Lower Park. The 3D leaves and logs of our area were beautiful, but the highlights of the show for me were Colin’s re-worked visions of classic Native American Chief photos. His treatment of the iconic busts created new, 3D, hallucinogenic Indians. Seeing them put a smile on my face and reminded me of that great Neon Indian song, “Should’ve Taken Acid with You.”

Howl is a biweekly arts primer, and it’s designed to bring the new works of local artists and performers to public attention. If you have something creative to share with this town, shoot me an email and we’ll talk about it here.

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Howl was born in the wastes north of Hithlum, where only beasts and witches dare roam. He was raised by two old hags, Tabby and Wiles, who had an unhealthy fascination towards the literary arts. Howl now resides in a well-furnished cave off South Rim Trail, complete with an old iBook and Wi-Fi.