Benton C Bainbridge & Jeff Carpenter
Just a Sec, 2015
32 frame lenticular print from one second of video (plastic & ink). Edition of 12 (+4 AP)
23-7/16″ x 23-3/4″

 

Just a Sec captures one second of a visual performance in a mesmerizing lenticular print. Jeff Carpenter conceived a project to manifest video art as lenticular prints, turning immaterial media into physical media that “remixes” as the viewer’s head moves. For the edition, Carpenter chose Just a Sec from a 4 hour long visual performance by Benton C Bainbridge.

The print is rare – few lenticulars of such temporal detail (32 frames, covering just over 1 second of NTSC video) have ever been produced. Shortly after the run, Kodak closed the factory. Today, lenticular prints max out at 7 to 12 frames. Now, the artists have issued the prints as a limited edition, available from Julio Valdez Project Space.

The lenticular frames animate as your point of view changes, collectively creating a kaleidoscopic effect as they sparkle in motion. The source imagery is simple; close inspection reveals the subtly sexual dance is actually a closeup of Bainbridge’s fingers at play in front of a light. A calligraphic, squiggly transcription of live music weaves through the fingers. The palette is inverted, so the flesh tones become a cool blue.

Just a Sec exhibits include: The Kitchen, Artlery, Julio Valdez Project Space, AAF, and LDR Studio Gallery