Odd Spot 05 // Steven Baltay
A celebration of creators at the intersection of internet art, virtual reality, multi-sensory design and digital wellness, who embody the spirit of Luxury Escapism.
Steven Baltay (@realimposter) has re-invented motion graphics. He works in 3d renders, looping the most imaginative sequences to be seen on Instagram. His beautiful and complex 3d art challenges the space for 3d renders and brings the inner weird out in us all. From rubber to slime, he dominates these magical video loops.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Steven and I make short animations that usually involve slime, rubber, and organic shapes.
What is your creative process?
I always have a list in my head of ideas that I’m constantly thinking about. Whenever I have time to sit down and make something I just go with my favorite idea at that moment. I don’t really sketch out anything, I just jump into 3d and let the scene evolve as I figure what works and what doesn’t. I almost never have a finished animation that looks exactly like my original concept.
What made you start creating these 3d rendered video loops?
I think I always liked the technical challenge of making animation loops, and I’ve also always been a huge fan of Frank Guzzone and Nahuel Salcedo.
What is something weird you do to get inspired?
I like going to sneaker stores and looking at the women’s shoes. I think there’s so much color and fun creativity there.
Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Surprising, satisfying, and gross.
How has the internet influenced your work?
Most of the art I look at now is through the internet. Also I think 3d animated loops are a product of Instagram’s platform being perfect for short animations. Also I learn so much from YouTube and forums. Basically everything is on the internet now.
Can a machine create art? Why or why not?
Yes! absolutely. I think anything that humans can do computers will eventually be able to do, if we want them to.
Is technology good or evil — why?
I think it can be both. Every powerful invention has been used either way, like combustion engines and guns, internet and propaganda. I think technology is just a tool and we have to decide what to do with it.
What is your ultimate escape?
I love long walks, going to guitar stores, and playing FIFA. Honestly making art is a huge escape for me too.
If you had a magic power, what would it be?
I wish I never felt tired.
Best sources of inspiration?
Art shows, Instagram, long walks, and new places.
Favorite websites? — surprise us!
What is one thing about you that we wouldn’t expect?
I actually really wanted to be a street artist for a while but ended up getting arrested for it and decided to do digital art from that point on.
What color is your aura?
What work are you most proud of?
I think my Hangover animation and my Rubber Stamp animation are two of my favorites.
What is your dream project?
It would be amazing to have a massive room with walls completely covered in led panels, and have all my animations playing at once.