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Kaleidoscopic Manhattan

I’m really digging the new video kaleidoscopic works from artist Anne Morgan Spalter. She captures video footage of urban landscapes such as Rockefeller Center or Fifth Avenue in New York City and then digitally transforms them using a decidedly 19th century concept. The resulting view is a constantly shifting but rigidly geometric patterned series of images as you can observe in the video above (my fave!), which I think is an interesting juxtaposition with the inherent symmetry of Manhattan’s streets. If you are around the Big Apple you should check out her debut NYC show at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.

Anne also explains how she captures some of these vertigo inducing perspectives (With my fear of heights I’m glad I can view them from the comfort of a street level gallery):

At times I was hanging out a window 45 stories up in a NYC high-rise, clutching my video camera as hard as I could in fear that it might drop and … who knows what could happen? I also filmed from the open window of a small plane at about 1500 feet as the pilot and I were shaken around by the strong wind like something in an amusement park ride and my fingers practically froze off, all while circling and re-circling a power plant. I discovered that perfect atmospheric conditions are fleeting. Finding a certain cloud formation or lighting meant screeching to a halt at the side of the highway and lugging out my giant tripod at a moment’s notice. People stopped to talk to me and I ungraciously did not answer—preferring rudeness to the task of software-based video stabilization.