IRIDESCENE – a Holographic Art Exhibition in New York

In May 2019, the non-profit organization Holocenter launched a stand-alone holographic art exhibition on Manhattan’s Canal Street. Eleven artists showed their artworks, partly made with 3D-printing techniques.

Holographic printing is on the advance and became very important in fields such as label printing and security printing. In May 2019, HoloCenter organized an art exhibition featuring eleven artists on Manhattan’s Canal Street. The New York-based non-profit institute is dedicated educate the public about the possibilities and beauty of holograms and holography.

An Intersection of Physics and Imagination

The presentation called “IRIDESCENCE” consists of beautiful photo-realistic and abstract works. The common aspect of all artworks is that they contain holographic elements and that all artists received production funding from the Hologram Foundation, as the creative process consumes a high amount of time, skill and technology. The Paris-based Foundation is a major partner of HoloCenter, and helped to bring IRIDESCENE to Canal Street. The “sculptures of light” contemplate themes such as nature, culture and memory. The real magic happens, when through the movement of the viewer the angle is altered so that the holograms change not only in colour but in shape.

Michael Bleyenberg, Lana Blum, Patrick Boyd, Philippe Boissonnet, Betsy Connors, Sam Moree, Pascal Gauchet, Setsuko Ishii, Ray Park, August Muth, and Fred Unterseher are the artists who were featured in this exhibition offering access to a world of beauty and wonder. Watch this video to see the dreamscape of colour, imagination and acting art they created and how it follows the visitors through the room:

A 3D Scanned Holographic Ballerina

One of the displayed artists at “IRIDESCENE” was Lana Blum. She contributed an incredible series of digital hologram prints, which combine 3D scanning and printing with computer-generated art. For her artwork “Celestial Ballerina” she scanned the motions of a dancer and printed a 3D model out of it. This sculpture was brought back into the digital world as 3D model and was then combined with holographic technology to create a digital interpretation of dynamic space.

This is what it looks like:

The “IRDIDESCENE” curator and HoloCenter’s Creative Director Martina Mrongovius, stated in an interview with blastingnews, that the future of holographic art has just started. Especially, she highlighted the possibilities offered by modern printing technologies.

“The most advanced digital hologram printing methods are for small security holograms – I would love to see this technology used for art.”

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