Posted by: groundsforsculpture | May 24, 2011

Retro and Relevant

By Jenn Korolenko, Education Assistant

View-Master® by Daniel Henderson

Remember the View-Master® 3D viewer? I sure do!  I remember hours spent while a kid in my backyard staring into the strange contraption, day dreaming of the places that I saw within…mostly national parks and island paradises.  I think I also had the pleasure of owning a Batman reel;  I was a huge fan in those days.

The work of Daniel Henderson nods to this retro form of entertainment in his “The Art of Invention” exhibition.  His 2009 work, “Yellowstone,” depicts a 1350-pound, giant View-Master® viewer in black Belgian marble, glass lenses, nickel-plated brass, powder-coated aluminum and LCD screens.

A little history of the View-Master® viewer:  It was invented in 1939 (who knew?!) as a form of home entertainment for adults, not.  The device has undergone quite a few name changes and aesthetic makeovers through the years and yet still, it wages on…entertaining children of all ages for hours, or minutes… depending on the attention span.

On June 5, 2011 you can begin to create your own View-Master® reels at Grounds For Sculpture.  In this two-session workshop, you will learn basic photography techniques and shoot in the park.  Your film will be processed before the second class, when you will assemble your printed images onto View-Master® reels.  Instructor Beth Gross is a local photographer who enjoys photographing nature, has been custom printing in area labs for many years and enjoys printing in non-silver processes.

Hope to see you all there!

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