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‘Indians of the Future’ 3D art exhibit uses augmented reality app

By Claire Cudahy | Special to First Nation's Focus

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A new exhibit that uses an augmented reality app to create 3D interactive art recently landed on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

"Indians of the Future" — made up of the painting duo Chris P. and Keely Grider — opened their show "Living Legacy" on Dec. 16 at Benko Art Gallery in South Lake Tahoe.

"After we make a painting, we take a photograph of the painting, upload that to the app and a program where we come in and add all sorts of digital content over that," explained Chris. "So when the camera on your phone see's that target image — our painting — it triggers the digital content, which becomes augmented reality."

All 22 paintings in the exhibit are encoded with digital content that can be seen through the app.

"A lot of the art that I have in my gallery is mostly contemporary and has to do with nature and technology, usually one or the other," said gallery owner John Benko. "This is the first that has integrated both of those together."

Both Chris and Keely have American Indian heritage, Sioux and Washoe, respectively, but say they prefer to not attach labels.

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"There is so much political diversity, religious diversity, racial diversity," explained Chris. "We came up with the name 'Indians of the Future' because we are talking about being indigenous of a time, not indigenous of an area. When you do that, it brings everyone together."

Using aerosol and acrylic, Chris and Keely create paintings collaboratively as well as individually.

"We're excited for everybody to experience this new way of looking at art," said Keely. "We just finished a huge family portrait of us and our two kids. We're all wearing headdresses and when you pull up the app, it's like we're coming out at you.

"Including our kids in our show was very important to us."

Claire Cudahy is a reporter with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a news organization within the Sierra Nevada Media Group, which publishes First Nation’s Focus.

If you go

The show is on display through mid-February at the Benko Art Gallery, located at 3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Unit 2. Visit http://www.benkoartgallery.com to learn more.