January 2019: New Year Horizon & Review

OBLSK Production Space

OBLSK Production Space

On the Horizon

Brain-

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It’s True.  Brain is coming to the Blockfort Gallery this March.  We are super excited for this exhibition and are really going to stretch or capacity in understanding brain activity, thresholds, infrasound, Pressure, Pleasure.

The Brain is a fascinating mechanism made up of networks upon networks of information that encode and transfer and bring cellular structures to life. OBLSK is designing a sculptural installation that incorporates sound, light, imagery, and biometric data. Using an EEG brain sensor we are looking at how the brain reacts to the sounds and images that are presented before us and how these images and sounds change based on the participants electrical activity of the brain. From a conceptual standpoint they explore how technical interfaces are being used to monitor human cognition.

Opening Reception: March 7, 2019

On view: March 7 - 31, 2019

 

Godspeed -

Godspeed is still in the works as director Celia Peters keeps experimenting with new platforms for it to exist.  She will be showing a virtual reality version at the Wonderball event at the Columbus Museum of Art on January 26th.  OBLSK has the pleasure of designing a hologram animation for the White Castle dinner scene. More to come soon...

 
 
 

OBLSK is embarking on a series of videos that encapsulate the inner workings of Phia Concept a salon based company out of Columbus, Ohio.  Both Phia Salon and Philosophi, two of their successful salons embrace their concept. We will keep you updated on the best of the best as we enter 2019 from this awesome company.

 

Wakka Wakka: Animal Riot-

Wakka Wakka is by far one of our favorite puppet companies. Their wild storytelling style with intricate puppet characters takes the audience into surreal landscapes.  Animal Riot a web based art piece that brings together their knack for storytelling through short videos and experimental workshops. We will keep you posted when the Animal Riot web page goes live!

 

Zen Genius-

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ZenGenius employs the best designers and merchandisers to elevate your space to the next level to drive consumer traffic. They provide expertise in visual merchandising, event merchandising, creative direction, visual operations, and seminars and workshops.

Wanna know a few tricks to the trade? We will be creating Visual Merchandising training video this year! If you work in the Visual Merchandising world these videos will be a must see!

 
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OBLSK Reviews

Waterfall

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The journey of water through our Earth’s landscapes is a fascinating tale. Water, the source of all living things takes on many forms and has fascinated humans since our existence.  In our current world water is on everyone’s minds as we hear of our Arctic deserts melting into the sea, raising the sea levels. The Nansen Shelf located in AntArctica is an impressive Ice Form that is telling the tale of the direct impact of climate change.  On the edge of this shelf is massive waterfall that is growing, draining the melting sheet into the ocean. The raw power of this waterfall is impressive and the impact of this cascading motion is truly noticeable and eye awakening. What are these Waterfalls telling us?

Forever in human existence we have followed the rivers.  Our ears are in tune to the sound of moving water. Waterfalls are distinct in their auditory impressions. The fullness of sound that literally fills the space with resonance and sound waves. The power of the waterfall is humbling as the sheer magnitude of Gravity and force that seems unstoppable.  The sound and sight of the waterfall creates a space of spirituality where the mind becomes inundated with the many frequencies that are playing out at equal intensities. In other words A waterfall produces white noise.

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Through projection and sound, OBLSK has created Waterfall as a space where the viewer can immerse themselves into the sight and sound of the Falling Water allowing the stress of the day to be washed away.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Central Ohio’s premier botanical garden and home to the iconic John F. Wolfe Palm House which dates back to 1895. The experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly and light art by James Turrell are also on display and included with admission.

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Eve

is a multimedia artist, working in film, performance, electronics, sculpture, and light. She is a concept storyteller who creates interdisciplinary teams that explore topical issues through research, social experiments, and community engaged artworks.

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Pelham

is a filmmaker, inventor, researcher, and artist. He uses a combination of creativity, technical know-how, and a love for working collaboratively to create finely crafted moving art and media that tells a story with a purpose.

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Annie

is a designer, filmmaker, and graphic artist. With a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Film and Video, her specialty is in media and graphics.

Sarah

She sees creating art as one way humans have evolved to advertise their genetic fitness. She’s dabbled in several different mediums from painting, dance, video, performance, and so much more.

Maxwell

is a production artist who’s great at collaborating from concept to completion offering support in the structural design, problem solving, and aesthetic. His dedication to these projects made building them more manageable and more fun! His good nature and spirit really eases the heavy lifting that comes from these amazingly large installation projects!

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John

is a Production Artist and professional Painter.

Nicky - is a Textile Artist along with production and installation master!

 

SantaVille

Twas the night before Christmas and all through SantaVille, mice were stirring. Join us for a jaunt through SantaVille where you get to see how the reindeers bathe, or the bakers dance, or even how Santa does his laundry!  Be sure to check out the secret views into Santa’s workshop and if you think like a mouse and see like a mouse, you may even Spot the real Santa before he sees you!

Ignite your senses this holiday season as you journey through Santaville! The experience is brought to life through interactive rooms, light and video installations, and projection mapping.  Explore Santaville and its gallery of rooms to discover color, smells, clues, and hidden gnomes! The experience is exciting with delightful surprises leading up to the moment you meet Santa Claus.  Be sure to look through the mouse doors and through the many peepholes to find something new. Bring your family to Polaris to tell your wish list to Santa. The Holiday decor is made from sustainable materials and has been designed, produced, and manufactured here in Columbus, Ohio.  

Thank you to all the Amazing Artists that worked on this project:

eve Warnock - Creative Director/ co-founder - Producer of the Polaris Holiday installation, Pelham Johnston - Creative Director/ co-founder - Technical Director of the Polaris Holiday Installation, Lisa Woodward - Operations Manager - Facilitation and Management of OBLSK Artists and overall Polaris Holiday Project objectives and deadlines, Sarah Weinstock - Production Manager - Managed Studio Space and workshop protocols and Production artist, Stacie Sells - Marketing Manager - Managed Marketing Material and Media documenting and promoting Polaris Holiday Project, Annie Kuhn - Video and Marketing - in Charge of capturing media and content throughout the Polaris Project, Alexi Alexaieff - Media Artist - Created media for the Rotunda Projection mapping, Maxwell McEvoy - Lead Production Artist - Facilitated all areas of Artist Production. Designer of Santa's Workshop, and Elfie’s Sled Repair, Nicky Fried - Lead Production Artist - Lead in Textile Arts and the production and installation of the Snowflake Chandelier. Designer of the Candy Tower, Marque Reavly - Production Artist, Microcomputer installation, Ben Satterfield - Production Artist - Designed and CNC cut Santaville. Works out of the Idea Foundry, Claire Smith - Production Artist - Production Artist, Designer of the SugarPlum baker and Peppermint Scrub Groomers, John Rettstatt - Production Artist - Production Artist and professional Painter. Painted Santa's room and all of the Shop Signs, Miles Curtis - Production Artist - Production Artist, Designer of Dasher's Dry Cleaner, Teddy Reese - Production Artist, Anna Lemasters - Production Assistant - Snowflake Chain Making, Evan Andrews - Production Assistant - Snowflake Chain Making

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Panda Peace Warrior

Panda Peace Warrior created and designed by Pilgrim Heidi from Open Heart Creatures was an incredible process for OBLSK to observe. Pilgrim has a unique understanding of materials creating magic from the unexpected. OBLSK was delighted to conjure lighting in the Panda exploring how to mix colors and utilize texture to shade and highlight!

Written by Pilgrim Heidi:

Presenting "Peace Warrior Panda" created for the Chinese lantern light show! Huge thank you to all the amazing artists involved in helping make this happen. Special thank you to David for helping with transportation at the crack of dawn. And to Adam with @ohiobeerco for providing a truck large enough to move it. Huge thank you to Pelham and @eve_warnock with @oblskinteractive for installing the LED lights and tea light candles for the eyes, as well as providing a space large enough to build such a thing. Beautiful ridiculous things can happen when you believe!! Come join us for family fun New Year's eve celebration 8pm when we pull the strings to let all the wishes out and candy! #openheartart #openheartcreatures#pilgrimheidikambitsch #pinata #giant#newyearwishes #2019 #puppets#giantpanda #giantpuppets#dragonlightscolumbus

 
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Marketing

OBLSK has been so lucky to have so many great clients and we are just continuing to grow and nurture those relationships through research, SEO, and marketing techniques. Check them out below!

Tropical Smoothie Cafe-

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a National Franchise that serves deliciously colorful food. From superfood smoothies to hearty wraps and flatbreads. Fresh flavorful food. Right on! OBLSK creates the digital marketing for the Tropical Smoothe Cafe’s in El Paso and San Antonio, Texas. We love creating awesome content like this video below made by OBLSK Artist Annie Kuhn. Super Credits to Maxwell and Ginger!

 

Windchimes -

The Windchimes Chinese Restaurant serves the best Chinese in Columbus. Hands down. We love The Windchimes and have supported their expansion with amazing Dital Marketing. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Blog page written by OBLSK artist Stacie Sells, it’s a must read. It really digs into the history and flavor that makes the Windchimes an experience.

We are continuing to grow and expand and we are excited for you to come along for the journey!!!

RainCloud: Beauty, Awe, and Success,

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RainCloud was presented at the IDX fest this last weekend Sept. 16th and 17th. and was a huge success! RainCloud is a floating augmented high-tech installation as well as a symbol of the natural environment; a reminder of the simple beauty found in our atmosphere and the never-ending cycle of water between ground and sky.

This simulated cloud floats 18 feet from the ground in an outdoor environment, and is illuminated from within using RGB LED lights. During the day, it  shimmers due to the reflective, iridescent qualities of its outer skin while at night it glows equally as brilliant by using artificial light. Glowing from within, the RainCloud changes color based on interaction from the audience (attendees of the arts festival) and/or based on environmental changes in its surroundings in real time. The RainCloud acts as a stage for performance, music, and education.  

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Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch of OpenHeartCreatures performed Empathy Eyeball which was a beautiful puppet movement piece that revealed the frenzy of humanity through clashing thunderbolts. The performance ended with the empathy eyeball releasing tears of joy and sadness.

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The H2Ohio panel discussion was a tremendous success bringing together  of array of studies on freshwater. The panel discussed Ohio Freshwater on a Global Scale and talked about the state of water locally, nationally, and globally. The discussion focused specifically in the areas of environmental protection, economics and industry, health and well being, and the future outlook of water.  We were honored to have such a passionate, intelligent, and thoughtful panel. Panel consisted of Jason Cervenec, Elissa Yoder Mann, Dr. Ben Warnock, and Cheryl Johncox

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RainCloud would not have been possible without the determination, talents, and perserverence of the OBLSK team of Artists.

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Pelham Johnston: Director- Pelham led the RainCloud project overseeing the design choices, the integration of electronic components, and the interactive elements.  Pelham was quite impressive with 10 hrs of sleep in the last 4 days before the installation.

 

 

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Maxwell McEvoy: Production Artist-Maxwell was on the project from concept to completion offering support in the structural design, concept, and aesthetic of the RainCloud.  Maxwell was the master seamster, without his dedication to heat sealing the seams the RainCloud would never float.

 

 

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Marque Reavley: Software Engineer- Marque is a software wizard and a virtuoso in working through glitches and possible hiccups in the code.  He is an incredible collaborator and his calm energy and efficient work ethic keeps us all in awe.

 

 

 

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Aidan Seine: Electronics Engineer- Aidan was flown in from Los Angelos because of his incredible skills in electronic engineering. He was able to create magic working in large scale and under a tight budget.

 

 

 

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Stacie Sells-Vanscoder: Project Manager- Without Stacie this project would never have gotten off the ground  pun intended!). Her organization and collaboration with all the outside parts and pieces made this piece real to the public .  She was the drive behind the H2OHIO Freshwater panel discussion.

 

 

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eve Warnock: Creative Director/Producer- eve Warnock took the vision of the RainCloud and made it a reality.  She has a knack for taking things out of the thin air and blowing them up to 30 ft to float. She has a passion for public art and pushes the boundaries for both the public and her team on concept, achievability, and imagination.

 

 

Special Thank yous to Adam Brouillette and the IDX team that supported us on our visions and helped to make it possible, to American Polyfilm for donating the Polyurethane, To Sunny Meadow Flower Farm for donating the Grass, to Geers Gas for the discounted helium, To Sarah Iles Johnston for her support and sponsorship, and to our three beautiful children, Wolfgang, Archer, and Orion for their patience, love, and inspiration.

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It's On: The OBLSK Horizon.

 

OBLSK has been way busy in the last two months working with amazing clients and producing spectacular media and marketing.  We are really excited about these upcoming Summer months as we have a few sculptural projection installations that will seriously blow the top off any steamy kettle. Be sure to keep a look out to the OBLSK horizon and we will award you with eye candy as well as interesting dialogue material.

RAINCLOUD: SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION: INDEPENDENT'S DAY

This Summer OBLSK is engineering an interactive glowing RainCloud for the Independent's Day Festival this September 16th-17th.  This Sculpture will be one of our largest endeavors involving Helium, Cotton Candy,  Wetlands, Rain dances, Thunderstorms, Petrichor, Performances, and Water Workshops.  Keep tuned! we will be updating often!  For more info on the Raincloud project visit.

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If you are interested in being a part of this project please contact us.  Or attend the next meeting on June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Main Library Conference rm. 2A

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CHROMEDGE: PROJECTION MAPPING

For the May Franklinton Friday, OBLSK tested out a new projector by projection mapping onto the Chromedge studios in Franklinton.  We had a blast creating textures, optical illusions, and color landscapes that illuminated the evening for the public's pleasure.  Thank you Chromedge for being an awesome host!

HMS HOST: STOP MOTION ANIMATION: WEBINAR SERIES

OBLSK was invited in May to travel to Sloatsburg, New York.  (yes that's correct, there is a city called Sloatsburg) to work with ZenGenius gurus Justin Kornicki and Addie Addison in producing a Webinar Series for  HMS Host.  This series has been a blast to make as it has all been done with stop motion animation and a few five-fingered characters!

WAKKA WAKKA DOCUMENTARY

Wakka Wakka Productions is an amazing theater production company based out of New York city and Oslo, Norway.  They just recently produced a an Off-Broadway puppet theater production in New York City called Made In China which received incredible reviews from the New York Times.  OBLSK has been hired to create a short documentary on the Wakka Wakka Production Company.  Keep your ears and eyes tuned for the premiere!  (scheduled for mid-July)

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Made in China by Wakka Wakka Productions

ZENGENIUS: MEDIA PRODUCTION AND OTHER AWESOMENESS

ZenGenius is an international visual merchandising/events company based out of Columbus, Ohio. Their work has received numerous awards including the Wow award for their work at the Connie Hilton event, OBLSK produced this award winning video!  Check out this cool company and the amazing work that they do!

JMKW DEVELOPMENT: SOCIAL MEDIA MADNESS

JMKW Development is a construction company based out of El Paso, Texas.  They specialize in commercial construction and industrial development.  They are finding a niche in sustainable building practices (YES!) and OBLSK has been hired to create their image.   OBLSK Team member and web designer Marque Reavely designed their website and OBLSK also writes the informative and inspiring articles for their "News" Section (that's our unbiased opinion, ha ha!).  This new company is authentic and talented.