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 from my view of the camera. I met so many amazing people and have stories about each eye. Anything from parrots to huskies, green humans and the elderly, artwork and even eye tattoos was fair game.
Our 2nd annual 11/11 event became the first video installation of the eyes. A hand-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 striking visuals.
For this huge event in Sarasota, we borrowed a friend’s trailer and created a viewing room so the eye could be seen during the bright daylight. At night we performed live drumming and eye projection art.
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 the first spherical projection of the eyes was installed for a memorable oneness experience. We asked guests to draw or write what connection meant to them on a large piece of paper.
Alys Beach transforms its all-white town facade into a projection surfaces for world-renowned artists to showcase video art. The eyes were projected high upon a balcony for the 2012 event.
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. I was approached by the curator to project the eyes on a massive historic castle for the event.
Each eye was individually cropped, sharpened and curated in photoshop. Approximately 4% of people turn me down to have their picture taken
Our story doesn’t end here though…
The eyes have awakened again and become a tiny/massive collaborative art project using 1,111 of my discarded contact lens cases…