Leading up to the festival, we’re highlighting the participants in Digital Graffiti 2018. Join us and learn about these incredible artists from all over the world and what informs their artwork. This week, we’ve got Q&As with Carlos Vargas of Charlotte, NC, and Bang Luu from Boston, MA.

Artist: Carlos Vargas
Location: Charlotte, NC
Project title: “To + Fro”
Website: https://www.carlosvargas.me/

 

How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
In 2015 I was in a digital media class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where one of our assignments was to create a piece of art and send it to an art competition. I was looking through the choses that my professor gave us and Digital Graffiti was on the list. Back then I did not feel like my current body of work fit, so did not send any work in. As I started to get more into projection art, I remembered Digital Graffiti and decided to apply. The rest is history.

Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions? Where and how did location play into your work?
This is currently my first projection art-based exhibition, which is a great honor and surprise.

How much technology is required to create your work? 
When it comes to technology I really only use what I need. This primarily consists of a camera, Abode Premier Pro/After Effects depending on what I need. That being said it really depends on the project.

What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
“To + Fro” was created as a way to celebrate Charlotte’s trolley history. The tracks that are presented in the video are the current tracks that can be found going down Elizabeth Avenue. Both sides of the track were filmed and then presented on top of one another. This overlapping creates some beautiful color and textural moments This makes the piece work beyond its original conception.

 What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
For me there is just something about the versatility of projected art. I love working in different scales and I feel like projection art allows me to be able to do just that. Plus the things you can do with projections as oppose to other mediums seems limitless, especially as technology advances.

How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
I am currently working on a series of work, which takes vintage footage from World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam and project it onto authentic clothing from each of those regions. I am hoping these pieces convey a sense for melancholy, which comes from War. This series allows me to explore a new way to present projection art.

Artist: Bang Luu
Location: Boston, MA
Project title: “Malignant”
Website: https://btluu.mit.edu

How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
I was referred by a colleague and am intrigued by how the works would be presented.

Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions?  Where and how did location play into your work?
I have experimented with projecting works onto walls but have not officially participated in projected art exhibitions. In the past, my work has been showcased on outdoor LED digital displays. In addition, I worked with 14×48 nonprofit organization in creating art work for a billboard in Manhattan, New York, to promote awareness for breast cancer. The emphasis on the importance of regular checkups and preventive measures was elevated due to the close proximity to various hospitals.

How much technology is required to create your work? 
I utilize high-performance computing to create my works.

What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
Colors and rhythms give character to my work. My reasons for using specific colors are highly subjective. It is based on my sentiments and emotion.

What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
Projected art allows viewers to be immersed and escape from the normative world. I am intrigued by its ability to transform spaces into fresh canvas.

How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
I am excited by the endless possibilities that projection art is capable of. I am interested in pushing the boundaries of constructed realities. I want to continue to create more immersive and interactive experiences with algorithms.