May 28th 2011

R James Healy: M.16.2

@ What It Is

1155 S Lyman Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

Opening Saturday, May 28th, from 3PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, June 25th

A new zoetrope by UK based artist R James Healy. This exhibition is the culmination of a three-month residency at What It Is. M.16.2 is the sixteenth of twenty-two optical machines that Healy has conceived, developed and produced. Drawing upon his background as a visual effects artist in the film and advertising industry M.16.2 represents a synergy of state of the art digital fabrication with animation techniques first pioneered in the Victorian era. Healy’s investigation is an ever-growing exploration of motion devices that make animation without a screen or a projector.

Healy has documented the prototyping stages and production of M.16.2 on his blog. Watch as the zoetrope takes shape over the next five days.

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