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Friday, February 5, 2021

IPA 2020 AWARDS & TIFA 2020 AWARDS


I am very honored that my work was recognized by both the International Photography awards and The Tokyo International Photography Awards this year. I received an Honorable Mention for both The Wind and The Sun and The Paperman from IPA and a winning Silver Award for The Paperman AR experience from TIFA .  Please check out the links below for more info.

http://www.tokyofotoawards.jp/winners/social/2020/23-27847-20/
https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-203894-20
https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-203880-20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMdkfDRIP40







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Saturday, August 22, 2020

2020 Best AR @ New Media Film Festival


I am honored to have won the Best Augmented Reality at the 2020 New Media Film Festival. The transformation of my work The Wind And The Sun from image to interactive experience was a process to say the least. The piece, which implements a first of its kind touch rotation feature, is brought to life in 3 dimensions with changing atmosphere and active light that adjusts with the User's interaction. The Viewer becomes the Traveler and is able to walk into the space. I am so pleased that this new approach to AR landscape was recognized by judges from HBO, Marvel, the Emmys, and 20th Century Fox. Be sure to watch the promo video below.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Transverse: Virtual Art Exhibition




The Paperman is part of the International Free Expression Project. The image is much more than just a photograph. It is a history unraveled through the use of technology. I was asked to document the closing of the historic Pittsburgh Post Gazette Press Room. I decided to take the project further and merge the beginning and the end. The physical composite was created using photographs of PPG press workers from the 1950's and my images of the now closed facilities on the blvd of the Allies. When looking at the image with the app, The Paperman leaves the image and he appears in our 3D space controlling and rebuilding his work station around the viewer. A supernatural personification of the men and women who poured their life into the building of the American newspaper and have now become the heart of the mechanism. It is clear to see that his spirit has lived on, eerily returning to his post nearly seven decades later.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the announcement that the 2020 Pittsburgh Visual Art Exhibition would now be held virtually, I realized that people would not be able to experience the Augmented Reality in the exhibition space. It was my intention to have people experience this complex AR environment firsthand, each part of this historic machine rebuilt piece by piece surrounding the viewer. With this no longer being possible, I decided to create a 3D version of an environment similar to the space where the exhibition was to be held. Through the creation of the virtual space and video presentation, the viewer can see what the AR experience would have looked like if they were physically there and unlimited space was supplied. The creation of the digital space and forced interaction says a lot about what art looks like in isolation. We do not only have to create the content but the environment it was meant to be viewed in. Adding yet another layer of false reality.
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Friday, August 21, 2020

VISIONS, ETC. @ Tomayko Gallery




Tomayko Gallery @ Point Park University
212 Wood St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

On view December 11, 2019 – March 11, 2020

Selected Augmented Reality works from Christopher Ruane's Visions Series and beyond. Experimentations combining mixed reality, photography, and film. Forming a symbiotic relationship the works are both physical and virtual, existing in 2D space and a created 4th dimension. Each piece takes the viewer on an interactive journey and highlights the evolution of a new art form. With Pittsburgh as a backdrop, topics of mortality, human impact on our environment, freedom of expression, and religion are explored.

Gallery open by appointment only. Please call the AAP office to schedule an appointment at 412-361-1370.

ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION
Tuesday, February 11th @ 5:30pm
Light beverages and snacks provided.
RSVP on Facebook
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Friday, August 21, 2020
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

107th Review In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




I appreciate the mention and brief review of my work by the Post-Gazette regarding the AAP 107th at The Westmoreland Museum. Check it out at the link below.
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/12/13/Associated-Artists-of-Pittsburgh-annual-exhibition-Westmoreland-Museum-2019/stories/201912040018

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

AAP 107th @ The Westmoreland Museum Of American Art


One of my Augmented Reality pieces will be a part of the Associated Artists Of Pittsburgh's 107th Annual Exhibition. The show was juried and curated by Juana Williams, the Exhibitions Curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. I am very happy to be a part of this year's annual and look forward to seeing the many great works chosen for the show. Be sure to check out this exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum Of American Art through January 26th, 2020. Preview Party (ticketed) Saturday, Nov. 9th 6:00pm-9:00pm. Opening reception Sunday, Nov. 10th 1:00pm-3:00pm.




Exhibiting Artists
Atticus Adams, Theresa Antonellis, Pati Beachley, Cory Bonnet, Jason Boone, Terry Boyd, Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Kathleen DePasse, Margot Dermody, Ron Donoughe, Dan Droz, Haylee Ebersole, Tom Ferraro, Carolyn Frischling, Tyler Gaston, Sarika Goulatia, Rebecca Harmon, Richard Harydzak, Heather Heitzenrater, Joshua Hogan, Tazim Jaffer, Alejandro Jimenez, Adam Linn, Cara Livorio, Scott Lloyd, Stephanie Martin, Grant McFarland, Nancy McNary-Smith, Joan Milsom, Sandra Moore, Ellen Chisdes Neuberg, Ronald Nigro, Katie Ott, Susan Palmisano, Mark Panza, Brian Pardini, Leah Patgorski, Garry Pyles, Katie Rearick, Dafna Rehavia, Christopher Ruane, Nicole Renee Ryan, Rachel Saul Rearick, Patrick Schmidt, Jeff Schwarz, Phiris Kathryn Sickels, Louise Silk, Nellie Lou Slagle, Randie Snow, Marc Snyder, Mia Tarducci, Benjamin Thomas, and Eva Trout.

https://www.showclix.com/event/aap-107th-annual-party
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Monday, June 3, 2019

VISIONS OPENING IN LA


My opening exhibition for my Visions - An Augmented Reality Series starts this  week at The Landmark Theatre in  LA, CA for the 10th anniversary of The New Media Festival. It is a pleasure to be working with Susan Johnston and the New Media team and I appreciate them hosting this cutting edge exhibition of my Augmented Reality Photographs.

Be sure to stop by and see other world premieres in new media like David Bowie Is The official augmented reality adaptation of the legendary exhibition, introduced and narrated by Oscar winner, Gary Oldman, and many other world premieres.


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 UPDATES


I have been behind on my blog in 2019! I have been very busy with new works, preparation for my LA Visions Exhibition, and expansion of my Augmented Reality App ARt. More info on all this to come, but for now here is a quick catch up:)

Sister Wendy Beckett: Envisioning Art Curated By Graham Sheering -
Having work in an exhibition honoring such an amazing person was a treat to be a part of. Noted Pittsburgh art dealer and art critic Graham Shearing, who curated the show, describes it as follows:
“How did a nun capture the imagination of the public simply through an enthusiastic contemplation of art? And through the unlikely medium of television?
This exhibition suggests that she found the spiritual not only in religious art, but in other, unlikely sources.
Here, a collection of art from public and private collections, and the work of living artists, reveals diverse visions of the spiritual. This may require hard looking, which was the practice of this nun, following the precept of the Victorian critic, John Ruskin: ‘To see clearly,’ he observed, ‘is poetry, prophecy, and religion, – all in one.’

Artist talk in conversation with curator, collector and friend Graham Sheering -
I was really happy to do a light artist talk and discussion with Graham during the exhibition.  Great hearing students speak about the show on a deeper level. The interest in the show to the Art Therapy department was a refreshing and insightful by-product as well. Some photos and the write up in the Tribune Review below.





https://triblive.com/aande/museums/seton-hill-gallery-show-inspired-by-british-art-historian/

The St. Lawrence Church Youth Group -
It was a pleasure sharing some works and speaking with The St. Lawrence Church Youth Group about my journey in my faith and the making of Sacred Art. I felt the kids really connected with the work. What a great group of young men and women!

    

Artist Talk with the AAUW -
I enjoyed spending time with the AAUW speaking about my work at the Murrysville Municipal Building. It was very nice to see some old friends and also nice to share some of my work with the community. Below you can find the link to the accompanying article in the Tribune Review.





https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/augmented-reality-artist-will-be-featured-speaker-at-aauw-meeting-in-murrysville/
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2018


I am very happy to share that I have received a Bronze Award for my Visions Augmented Reality Series and a second Bronze Award for my  work Return To Your Post in the Tokyo International Foto Awards. There will be an exhibition of the Visions Series in LA, CA in June at The Landmark Theatre with more information available in the coming months. Return To Your Post was created for The International Free Expression Project. Combining old photographs from the 1950s and my own photographs at the closing and demolition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Press building on the Boulevard of the Allies, I constructed a brief moment of time when the workers of the newspaper return to their posts for one last shift. The video can be seen at the link below.
https://youtu.be/T9JZqKvo-_Y







https://www.tokyofotoawards.jp/winners/tokyo/2018/4409/
https://www.tokyofotoawards.jp/winners/tokyo/2018/4410/
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