Dallas Artist Eric Trich Realizes Vision in 3-D Projection Mapping

< Art/Code > Artist Spotlight | Eric Trich is a local artist who is taking digital art in Dallas to new heights via 3D projection mapping installations. This is the first in a series of profiles of the artists.

Digital Dallas < Art/Code > featured artist Eric Trich. [Photo via Digital Dallas]

Editor’s note: The <Art/Code> event will bring together 15 digital artists to show off their cutting-edge work at the Aria Stone Gallery on July 27. The event is curated by David Rodriguez (aka Dr. Gorilla) and hosted by Digital Dallas. The <Art/Code> event features works made by artists pushing pixels, writing code, and doing crazy things with light, electronics, and (we hear) brain waves. Recently, John Stalle caught up with Eric Trich, a local artist who is taking digital art in Dallas to new heights through his 3D projection mapping installations. 

Eric Trich. Photo: Digital Dallas

Artist Eric Trich is one of 15 artists to be featured by <Art/Code>. [Photo via Digital Dallas]

A graduate of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Eric Trich began his career by experimenting with 3D modeling, animation, and layering digital and traditional mediums. 

“This eventually led me toward creating interactive pieces using projection mapping and augmented reality,” Trich said. 

Bridging the Gap

His first room-scale installation, DIFFUSION, which debuted earlier this year, featured a four-projector set and explored the nature of complex systems and how they adapt to change. Through his work, Trich is trying to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. 

“The reoccurring theme behind my work deals with the potential technology has to liberate us from the limitations of our physical reality and how we evolve with these new tools,” Trich said.

And talk about potential. As he prepares for <Art/Code>, Trich said he’s keeping himself busy designing virtual reality experiences using the HTC Vive.

His goal “is to create a physical sculpture and also create a 3D model of that sculpture that people can interact with in a virtual world.” (If you’re thinking this sounds like being able to give a virtually-created “David” a high-five, then you would be right.)

The Emotional Side of Virtual

Looking toward the future, Trich is excited to continue to explore virtual and augmented reality. 

“Once everyone has access to headsets that are affordable, then we will see an explosion of content,” he said. “Social applications are especially exciting.”

In the grander scheme of things, Trich believes that these technologies are taking art in a new direction. 

“Art is about stimulating people’s senses to feel certain emotions,” he said. “The capacity of digital media to completely simulate other worlds and put someone into the shoes of others is such a powerful tool for creating empathy. Ultimately, it has the potential to help us become even more connected to each other’s experiences on a level that people haven’t experienced before.”

And so, as you experience his installation at <Art/Code> , Digital Dallas invites you to take a step outside your own reality and into the future of digital art and expression. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Digital Dallas <Art/Code> Event 

On July 27, the worlds of art and code will collide from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aria Stone Gallery, where Dallas’ top digital artists will show us how they’re taking digital design to new electronic heights. Drinks, food, and music from Digital Dallas’ roster of DJs will be provided. The gallery is 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 310, in Dallas. Check it out here.

This profile was originally published at digitaldallas.orgDallas Innovates is the media partner for Digital Dallas’ <Art/Code>. 


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