Video projection is cool — especially when the video being projected causes an illusion of three-dimensionality. But it’s even cooler to play around with the 3D-ness of the thing you’re projecting the images onto. That’s what artist, designer, and sculptural-filmmaker Dev Harlan does: his installation “Any Color You Like (Pyramid IV)” at New York’s Christopher Henry Gallery looks like the end of 2001 if it tripped out into the real world:
Design blog The Fox is Black calls Harlan a “video proj-enius.” (Get it?!) The way he treats any surface as a possible canvas for mapping his constantly-morphing imagery onto is pretty hypnotic. In this piece, entitled “Suffolk Deluxe Electric Bicycle, 1,” Harlan and a collaborator turn an all-white bicycle into a artfully warped video screen:
The installation reminded me of the eerie “ghost bikes” that commemorate cyclists killed by cars on the streets of New York and other cities, but with a visual twist that’s more whimsically wistful than funereal. What if Harlan were to collaborate (with permission, of course) with the loved ones of the cyclist behind a particular ghost bike memorial, creating a bit of video projection that could commemorate that person by projecting images onto the bike? For all I know, Harlan has already thought of that. But wherever he decides to project his unique brand of 3D video art, the result is always stunning.