Laguna Beach artist Roark Gourley pointed his iPad at a photograph that depicted a group of modern dancers. Then, the still image on the wall — as seen through his tablet's screen — stirred to life in an eruption of moving images of the dancers in action.
Gourley, together with photographer and filmmaker Robert Celecia and dancer Michelle Lance, are about to give the artsy term "tableaux vivants" a whole new meaning with a joint exhibit called "Moment in Time," which opens at the [seven-degrees] gallery in Laguna Beach on July 5.
The two French words for "living pictures" are much bandied about in Laguna Beach during its summertime Pageant of the Masters season, and Gourley has discovered a way to turn the experience of viewing a flat art image into a multimedia one that's powered by Aurasma, an app for smartphones that provides a platform for augmented reality.
"Augmented reality is like taking the real world and adding to it," Gourley explained. "So this is the first gallery show using augmented reality as just pure art medium."