In Memory Of Michael Kupka

Michael Kupka

Carrot.com began in 1996 by Michael Kupka at the Carrot Common in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as a site to promote local arts, non-profits, communities, and to facilitate neighbourhood small businesses on the Internet.

Michael focused on Stereoil based art.

The Stereoil Process (ST.P.) is a series of stereoview and stereoil paintings and drawings created from Michael Kupka’s original stereoview photographs. Stereoview paintings have been seen at the Boston Museum of Science, the Museum of Holography, New York City. Other galleries in Canada and the U.S. have shown more comprehensive shows. With the exception of Canadian Art Gallery, Calgary, all shows have been non-commercial with informative (educational) aspects.

“Stereoil paintings express on one surface; what both eyes saw at a particular moment, focused on one point in space. This is a totally unique attitude, never before developed in art. It began in 1973. Every other artist paints with one eye. Why? Who knows. The vision, the idea, accomplishes many situations. Two views; simple cubism. A face creates a face; two eyes see two eyes. Hidden faces are created scientifically. Dali realized the face but not where they came from. Even a beautiful scene as the beach can appear quite frightening. You may not realize why these paintings “bother” you. Part of it is subliminal peripheral realisticism, binary conceptualism.

Select Pieces of Michael’s Amazing Artwork:

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Star”,
This stereoview silkscreen is presented cross-eyed; that is, cross your eyes to superimpose the images and see it in 3-D. The image was created from a Macro Realist stereo camera. It’s a picture of the popular little quarter inch sticky stars popping out of hole in the package with the cellophane removed.
“Pink Floyd in Vancouver, Canada”
Can you imagine such a small venue as the Gardens in Vancouver? This picture also shows vestiges of “Stereoil” to come in that the heads are partly invisible, that is, seeing past and around something. When you have your hand in front of you, arm outstretched and looking at the horizon, you can see right through it. Remember the painting of Dali’s where he saw TV in his thumbnail.
“Go Go Moku Fish”
What’s really being seen here is a bedsheet with dots on it draped over a lawn chair. Coated with glass bead, the painting shines like a traffic sign in the right light, right?
This invisible realism became part of the “Stereoil Process

Examples of Michael’s 3D Photography:

“Two Bees Are One in 3-D” Macro
Collection of the National Film Board of Canada – Cibachrome Show
“White Sheep, White Sheep”
Collection of the National Film Board of Canada – Cibachrome Show

Bubble Gum Blowing Contest on Queen St. W.”