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Give $5,000 to This Man, Get a ‘Fly’s Eye 3D Lightbox’ in Return

MHJ_036Noah Fecks The artist M. Henry Jones in his former studio. He is soliciting donations for a new project.

An artist who had to move to new digs because of rising rent is asking for a few bucks through Kickstarter — and offering some unique incentives.

M. Henry Jones, the longtime East Village resident who moved his studio to East 10th Street after a new tenant offered to pay nearly four times his rent on Avenue A, is soliciting donations for his new project: a series of portraits and animations covered in lens screens that make them look three-dimensional. The portraits are done using Mr. Jones’ own “Fly’s Eye 3-D technique,” a method that allows viewers to see depth in the images without the need for 3-D glasses.

M. Henry Jones A video showing off one of the prizes for donating
to his Kickstarter campaign.

So far, he has $2,000 towards his goal of $11,000 by July 29. The prizes for those who pledge money include lenticular mirrors, 3-D postcards, a signed coffee table book and — for a cool $5,000 — a “Giant Prototype SnakeMonkey Fly’s Eye 3D Lightbox.” The money will go toward buying materials to make the lens screens, frames and the panels that light up the portraits, according to the project’s description.
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Audio-Visual Whiz Hopes New Showroom Will Be Bright Spot On Avenue A

Kerry Bright at Bright Home Theater's new location.Melvin Felix Kerry Bright in what will be his new showroom.

When Kerry Bright designed and built custom audio and video systems in the basement of 205 Avenue A, passersby would note the name of his company – Bright Home Theater – and buzz to ask about improv shows or to try to drop off their acting resumes. He’s hoping to clear up that confusion by opening a proper showroom across the street, under the name Bright Audio.

After working as a general contractor specializing in home theaters for about 15 years, Mr. Bright spent eight years at 205 Avenue A, showing products by appointment only. He signed a 10-year lease across the street at 202 Avenue A, previously the studio of artist M. Henry Jones, and moved out of his old digs last week. His current clients, he said, range from do-it-yourself audiophiles in search of components to “very, very wealthy people,” including a couple of celebrities he couldn’t name. One of the high-end speakers featured on BHT’s website retails for $13,995 per pair.

The new showroom, set to open in four to five weeks, will display high-end audio systems as well as gadgets that control anything from speakers to projection screens and shades. The store’s eight employees will continue to provide installation services ranging “from hanging a TV on a wall to creating a custom home theater,” said Radek Nesnidal, an employee. Read more…