On August 7, 2017, StandardVision launched its latest site-specific public art video Orbital Bloom, created by animator Christopher Golden. The piece represents another new, innovative and original film in the SV Presents series; an art initiative showcasing the work of creative visual artists working within the community. We had a chance to sit down with Chris and ask him a few questions about his work.
How did you get into motion graphics and 3d design?
I studied illustration at Ringling College and Art and Design and since then I have had an interested in exploring different mediums outside of traditional illustration.
What inspires you?
I would say I’m pretty obsessed with vibrant colors. I also have a lot of interest in Surrealism and try to bring some of those themes into my work which help blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
Can you tell us a little more about “Orbital Bloom?”
I wanted to create an abstract, synthesized and bubbling environment that felt like something you might find under water. I also wanted to bring a peaceful tone to the piece with the objects moving slowly with in the scene.
Your work usually has accompanying sonic elements – do you compose these yourself? Do they come before or after you’ve created an animation?
I’ll usually have any idea of what I’m looking for, sometimes I’ll come up with a demo and work with a music producer to help fully develop a piece of sounds. Sometimes the audio will inform the piece, other times it comes after. There’s no template, really.
Do you have any other cool projects on deck?
I have a few things that I’m developing, but not ready to share just yet : )