Monday, September 3, 2007

Gronk's BrainFlame LA Premiere

Nice write-up in the LA Times on "Gronk's BrainFlame," the animated full-dome piece that grew out of LA-based artist Gronk's work with UNM's Arts Technology Center (precursor to the ARTS Lab). Imagined by Gronk, animated by our own Hue Walker

"Welcome into Gronk's brain and to a powerful new artist medium," states the promotional material for an unusual, 14-minute animated short film that makes its West Coast debut next Saturday at the Glendale Community College planetarium.

"Gronk's BrainFlame" visualizes the creative process at a cellular level by entering the mind of the artist at the moment ideas are born. Gronk, known for his dramatic installations and performance pieces, took two years to develop the digital project, considered a cutting-edge experiment in the melding of art, science and technology.

Using 180-degree projection, viewers are drawn into an animated, otherworldly landscape with sprouting pod-like forms and faceless, alien-like figures that move about under a canopy composed of squiggly lines and ambiguous shapes instead of stars and planets.

"I always thought that a living culture is one that experiments and tries new things," he [Gronk] told me. "A dead culture is one that stays the same. I'd rather be part of a living culture that always has something new for people to view."

West Coast premiere of "Gronk's BrainFlame," next Saturday [9/8] at Glendale Community College, Planetarium and Science Center, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Screenings at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. Art exhibit and book signing by the artist, 2-4:30 p.m., with a reception catered by Casablanca Mexican restaurant. Screening ticket reservations required; RSVP by Thursday to Bryan Robinson at (310) 825-7716 or brobinson@

Read the story at:,1,887848.story

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