IT ALL BEGAN with a flash of inspiration from my wife while brushing her teeth….”Alex Grey” she said. From that moment our idea for a little art show became a 3-day multimedia event featuring Alex and Allyson Grey on 11/11/2009.
As a means to promote our 1st BIG event production, I dreamed up an interactive approach by asking strangers if I could take a picture of their eye with the goal of reaching 1,111 eyes.
After 4 months of collecting images, I finally reached my goal and created the first mosaic piece and the project began a life of its own.
Where the eyes all started! Pictured here are several un-cropped eyes direct from my view of the camera. I met so many amazing people and have stories about each eye. Anything from birds, to humans, to artwork was fair game.
Our 2nd annual 11/11 event became the first video installation of the eyes. A The painted ‘window to the soul’ on acrylic framed the rear-projected eyes for a meditative experience.
Creative Loafing’s annual event Sensory Overload had a theme of eyeballs in 2011 and used my video for promotion and at the event for visuals.
For this event, we borrowed a trailer and created a viewing room so the eye could be seen during the day.
The Roosevelt 2.0 was a community art space poised to change the world with a trash-eating machine and rooftop gardens. On 11/11/11 we were at it again for another oneness experience with the eyes.
Alys Beach transforms its all-white town facade into a surfaces for world-renowned artists to project and map
30 international artists from all over the world exhibited in this digital and light-based festival that ran in parallel with the Adelaide International Festival.