Accept the Gift

This is my traditional Christmas post.

First posted 12/11/2016 as The Night Bobby Found Christ in an Abandoned Subway Car.

I imagined a modern Nativity and saw a homeless kid who finds the abandoned Christ child in an old subway car.

Will he accept the burden of this gift?

An avatar that represents an alternate named Bobby is shown finding the Christ child in an abandoned subway car
A homeless youth finds the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.

I got the idea for the subway car from Dark Days, a documentary made in the 1990’s about a tribe of homeless people who live in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York.

I used VR to make a video of it.

I use two photo-shopped frames from the documentary as an homage to it.

I first came up with this idea in 2011 but didn’t have the skill I needed
to make a video work the way I envisioned it.

I was going to remake the video for this Christmas but had a soul sucking
bout of the  flu that still lingers.

The video works but I see ways to make it better so I WILL remake the video
for next Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the World!

May we find our way back to reason and light.

I’ll see you guys after Christmas.

The video is a series high-resolution panels staged and shot in virtual reality and processed in multiple apps.

I cropped a cover of Silent Night  found at the Internet Archives.

To the best of my knowledge the recording is in the public domain.

Rob Goldstein 2016-2018
Revised 2018

#WordlessWednesday: From the Air

Put your hands over your eyes.

Jump out of the plane.

There is no pilot.

You are not alone.

Standby.

 

 

‘Walking and Falling (c) Rob Goldstein 2011-2018

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Our Dolls Die with Us

This is

reality

ersatz

savage:

We live

in fear.

Our

present

is a future

past–

Our dolls

die

with us.

Rob Goldstein November 17, 2018

 

 

 

Under the Sea: A Virtual Art Show and Blog Party

A Virtual Reality Image of an avata in shadow named 'de Milo'
de Milo

In June, Teagan Geneviene invited me to do a virtual art show on her blog.

This was after I told her I’d met an art dealer who advised me to organize
an online portfolio.

I’m clueless about such things.

Teagan and I figured a virtual art show would give me a way to practice building a portfolio.

When she mentioned having the art show on an imaginary submarine I staged a shot in VR to use as an invite and wound up making a storyboard of Cornelis Drebbel’s undersea search for the lost paintings of Rob Goldstein.

A Virtual Reality capture of an avatar dressed in the character of Cornelis Drebbel poseing with a dgital painting named Lavender
Cornelis Drebbel poses with ‘Lavender’

I turned the storyboard into a video based on silent era news shorts.

A digital Painting in lavender based on a photograph of leaves on a tree
Lavender

The Drebbel video is a bit OTT, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it.

I’m honored Teagan chose to highlight my work on Teagn’s Books and
delighted that she let me play with Cornelis Drebbel.

A Virtual Reality image depicting an avatar as Cornelis Drebbel posing with a photograph called '9th and Harrison'
Well done, Cornelis Drebbel!

I hope I did him justice.

The party at Teagan’s Books and it’s ongoing.

Bring a link to the party and feel free to leave a comment!

Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

A virtual reality image depicting a mermaid and Cornelis Drebbel posing underwater with an abstract digital painting by Rob Goldstein
Cornelis, the Mermaid and A Surrealistic Pillow

Cornelis Drebbel based on a character by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Excerpt of Theme from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) by Paul Sawtell
Illustrations, Video and Digital Paintings (c) Rob Goldstein 2018