A video portrait set to Clara’s favorite music, “Alice” by the Cocteau twins.

Winner of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013, NY artist Bo Gehring’s portraits record the subject’s intimate response to his or her favorite piece of music. As well as being entertaining they are unique in the way they reveal deep emotions, they explore the boundaries of music, shape, and feeling. Bo Gehring’s background includes computer animation, 3D audio, and sculpture. For several years he has transformed tiny clips of music by Thelonious Monk and others into complex 3D sculptures in polished stainless steel, machined foam, and other materials. The largest of these to date is the 160′ Monk Wall commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art. About a year ago Gehring began creating abstract video animations and now has adapted those techniques to make live portraits set to music by “flying” a video camera with a computer-controlled milling machine. His works are exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Bo Gehring

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