- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - For such a nondescript building, the artistic magic made inside it is amazing.

Built long ago of red brick near the center of the city, this one-time warehouse is now home to PROJECTiONE, and workplace of the two dynamic young men who own, run and staff it, Kyle Perry and Adam Buente.

Both just 27, with their youthful appearance and laid-back demeanor, they would look right at home thumbing Xbox controllers. Instead, they are successfully adding their own captivating, large-scale art and vision to projects that include prominent places like Indianapolis’ new Eskenazi Health hospital and medical center.

So, just what are these two?

“We call ourselves ‘on the fringe,’ because we’re not really artists, we’re not really architects. … We’re designers and makers,” Buente told The Star Press (https://tspne.ws/1dP9yHb ).

How did all this begin?

“It started as a thesis,” answered Perry, an Indianapolis native whose black-framed eyeglasses and unruly hair lent him a bookish air.

Today, they both hold master’s degrees in architecture from Ball State University, where they began that thesis project with two other students who eventually went their own way after graduating.

“The two of us continued on this plan and stuck with it,” said Buente, an Evansville native whose quick smile belies his more button-down look. “We saw a big potential, especially in the Midwest. … We landed one big project, then got this off the ground. It’s been growing ever since.”

Having started PROJECTiONE in Buente’s apartment, they later moved into this building, where their office is set off by sheet-like screens and walled on one side by an intriguing panel of holes and bumps that previously hung in an art exhibition in Calgary. Elsewhere, it houses the laser printer plus the three-axis mill and CNC (computer numerical control) router they have since bought for their business.

“We literally walked in here with two laptops and a case of beer,” Perry recalled with a laugh, while nearby his bicycle and both their motorcycles, including Buente’s hot-looking Honda 500 cafe racer, awaited warmer riding weather.

A nearby wall, meanwhile, held a few small examples of their earlier art, wooden panels with flowing ridges that Perry jokingly called “two-and-a-half D,” a takeoff on 3D. At this point, however, they have moved on to their preferred projects, meaning ones built on an “architectural scale.”

The Eskenazi project really began with one they designed to dress up the unused fireplace of an artistic couple, actual paying clients, down in Broad Ripple. Perry and Buente came up with a plan to sheath the fireplace in a purple cover studded with LED lights activated by motion detectors.

Striking looking, it was such a hit with the couple that when the man was asked to join a panel picking art for the new hospital, he recommended Perry, Buente and PROJECTiONE for work. Given a large amount of wall space to fill near a bank of six elevators, they exchanged ideas, then hit their computers and began to design, something they do exceedingly well.

“We’re writing code to generate all the geometry and all the data for us to fabricate these projects,” Perry said, while Buente added, “We’re making all our own software.”

But designing art on a computer is one thing. Turning it into reality is something else. The two business partners insist upon fabricating and installing their pieces themselves.

“We do all our metal fabricating, welding …” Buente explained.

Exchanging ideas, they came up with a concept to fill the six walls near those elevators with intriguing white panels and lights that follow observers as they move past, courtesy of computers installed in each wall and a fish-eye lens that tracks those nearby.

“It takes an image of the space every five seconds,” Buente said, equating it to a human nervous system. “Every part is unique, every wall is unique. We’re calling it a pleasant distraction to people who are visiting this hospital.”

In building it, the two became quite taken with the project.

“It was kind of sad to see it go,” Perry said, noting that strikingly high-tech as their work might appear, a favorite supplier of their material is Radio Shack.

Another big project they have done is a total of 48x16 feet of wall space covered with an abstract sunrise at Riley Hospital for Children.

“It’s pretty substantial,” Buente said of its thousands of parts.

The project they are working on now is “cladding” with diamond-patterned wood pieces a 30-foot-tall dome at Evansville’s Museum of Arts, Science and History.

“That’s another thing we haven’t done before,” Perry wryly observed, noting they are learning as they go, and that they had previously skirted a stairwell at the same museum with clear, laser-cut paneling.

Producing and attaching these new panels, he added, is going to take some intense effort and time, but they are happy to do it, wishing to keep control of as many facets of their art and growing business as possible. Their dedication to it and passion for it was obvious as they proudly showed visitors from The Star Press around, especially at a wooden surface where they had been perfecting cuts for hanging future projects.

“This is an undercut dovetail bit,” Buente said proudly, holding the tool aloft like a favorite puppy. “Pretty sweet.”


Information from: The Star Press, https://www.thestarpress.com



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