Size: 42"W x 42"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"Digital Muse," represents a portrait of a musician, 'Deija Voodoo' in California whom I discovered through social media. The orange circles on the painting can activate links on the user's Android smartphone, sharing Deija's music and social media! A few of the other circles will carry additional links as well, such as an audio recording of me describing the work in more detail. This canvas measures 30x30 in., but will take up 42x42 inches of wall space when hung up diagonally, as intended.
My latest collection of paintings blend elements of realism and folk tale into a contemporary abstract-pop aesthetic, with an interactive twist. Utilizing a combination of RFID and NFC tech, users with capable phones (currently Android smartphones; Apple restricts NFC access to Apple Pay) can scan portions of the painting to reveal links that I've provided... Music or videos that evoke a mood of the song, links to news articles, or audio recordings I have provided to discuss the work in more detail.
Julius Bautista is a Filipino-American Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about science, psychology, and philosophy. Since pursuing a BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has worked in various artist collectives with the goal of increasing accessibility to the arts. His work, a contemporary mix of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide. His portfolio can be found at juliusdcbautista.com.