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“Help! Should I Get A Degree In Art?!”: When It Works & When It Doesn’t

“Help! Should I Get A Degree In Art?!”: When It Works & When It Doesn’t

By Daric Gill

There are times when it makes sense and there are times when it doesn’t. In this article I’ll address some questions surrounding this topic.  First, knowing which questions you’re actually asking is important to finding true answers.

“Do I need a degree to be an artist?”

 “I need to go to college to get a job, right?”

“College is a TON of money!? Is it worth it?

Each question is justifiable and indeed has their own individual answers. There are plenty of views to wade through. This is my attempt to address each one of those concerns and hopefully cut through some of the mental clutter. Of course, I openly encourage you to consider other views to help gauge where you fall on the matter . Read on for more.

 

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The Pumpkin's King (neck)

NEW “The Pumpkin’s King” ToeHead On Violin: An Effort For Autism Awareness

ToeHeads, The King, & Autism Awareness

by Daric Gill

The Pumpkin's King (detail), acrylic and marker on vintage violin.
The Pumpkin’s King (detail), acrylic and marker on vintage violin.

NEW! The Pumpkin’s King is a ToeHead painted on vintage violin. The pumpkin headed Elvis riding a unicycle was purchased by The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation, an organization that promotes autism awareness. This piece will be awarded as part of their annual fall cycling fundraiser.

“The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation was founded to promote autism awareness, education, and research through community events in Columbus. Our goal is to engage participants in the conversation and call them to action while providing an entertaining background.”

[Register here to join the ride]

VIDEO: How I Built A Robotic Sculpture From An 1800s Table

How I Made “The Shy Machine”: An Interactive Kinetic Light Sculpture That Moves, Learns, & Reacts

by Daric Gill

{Time-Lapse Video of Process Above}

The Shy Machine is a motion activated, sound reactive, environmentally adaptive, kinetic light sculpture. As its name would suggest, this robot is shy. The two halves of this 12-sided geometric form open and close depending on the noise levels in the environment. Vibrant lights pulse from within according to volume in the room. The insides are packed with electronic brains, lights, and sensors to make this happen. In this article, you can explore the build process from start-to-finish.

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"The Shy Machine": Fully opened in the Soft Volume Position. Slow undulations of rainbow light.

VIDEO: Interactive Kinetic Light Sculpture Moves, Learns, & Reacts

“The Shy Machine”: Interactive Kinetic Light Sculpture that Moves, Lights, Learns, & Reacts

by Daric Gill

"The Shy Machine": Fully opened in the Soft Volume Position. Slow undulations of rainbow light.
“The Shy Machine”: Fully opened in the Soft Volume Position. Slow undulations of rainbow light.

The Shy Machine: a motion activated, sound reactive, environmentally adaptive, kinetic light sculpture.

Taking over a year to complete (time split with other projects), this piece has been the most ambitious artwork I’ve created to date. It’s been my goal to create a piece with the specific aim to push myself beyond any previous personal limitations regarding engineering, finance, complexity, and conceptual meaning.

A project this involved earned a proportionate amount of planning and quiet contemplation before any work could even begin. At this point in my career, I view this particular piece as the combination of my childhood interests mingled with my adult potential. In this article, I’ll discuss how I came to the idea, how it works, and how I relate to it on a very personal level.

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{Explore the entire build process  here}

 

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