Process: Portraits on Plastic with Beating Lights

Beating Lights shows always have great music and good vibes.  They also have art!  I joined Beating Lights for their 2017 Kick-off in an East Hollywood backyard.  I drew portraits of people on a piece of plastic they held up to their faces.  This was my first time making portraits in this way.  I’ve played with transparency before with plastic, but the idea clicked in a brainstorm session trying to figure out an interactive art plan for the show.

Thanks to Shabnam Ferdowsi for these photos capturing the process:


Check out the Beating Lights recap and more shots from the event here.

After the event, I painted the  overlapping shapes of people’s faces, bringing everyone together.


I thought about leaving more open space, but it didn’t look right.  Maybe if I knew what was going to go behind the plastic.

The image changes depending on the background.  The paint isn’t solid, so light comes through and the faces take on the coloring of whatever it’s in front of.


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