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Fly’s-Eye Guy Gets Pie in Sky


Congrats to M. Henry Jones: after launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund his trippy brand of 3D portraiture, the artist and animator reached his $11,000 goal yesterday. Among those who backed the project were East Village art-scene fixtures like Ann Magnuson and Amos Poe, plus (full disclosure) the author of this post. Meanwhile, over at Lucky Ant, the St. Mark’s Bookshop has secured a little over $5,000 of the $23,000 it hopes to raise for its relocation. (Full disclosure: The Local’s Stephen Rex Brown supported the store the old-fashioned way today, by going in and buying a book. “The Art of Fielding,” if you’re wondering.)

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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