For three years in a row the innovative Maria Van Vlodrop, has created dynamic group art shows. The first took place in the legendary Sotheby's with an incredible opening and  the second and third took place on the 2000 plus digital LinkNYC displays all over Manhattan as well as on the digital displays in the Santiago Calatrava designed Oculus at the World Trade Center. The first of it's kind.
My interest is in bringing memories back to life, by triggering those faded memories through my interactive installation.
We are shaped and influenced by the people who surround us from day one, an old friend, a grade school teacher, even a singular conversation with a stranger at an event can be powerful, but human nature dictates that even the most influential people fade from memory through time.
I place my found wood portraits in an enclosed plexiglass container filled with seawater that dissolves the portraits into pulp over several months.
Attached to the plexiglass container is an iPod filled with snippets of recorded conversation and music representative of the subject. Also attached to the container is a box filled with a scent from the subject’s life, such as musty books, tobacco, cologne or a specific brand of gum.
As in real life our visual memories of even the most important people fade, my portraits also disappear, leaving only the scents and sounds which serve as powerful memory triggers to remind us of that person’s existence and influence. When we come across those scents and sounds in the real world we are gently shocked into a memory and reminisce and appreciate that person. There’s importance in never forgetting.
Title: John Trudell In The Redwoods
Materials: RedWood. Oil Paint.
Installations X 3

Eat Me: Kenny Shopsin. Oil on Wood, Saltwater, Tootsie Rolls, iPod, Plexiglass

Porn Star.  Oil on Wood, Saltwater, Condoms, iPod, Plexiglass

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