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LANEY BRITTEN

copyright 1985 registered with the library of congress

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at the drive in 

Making its premier in 1985 at ArtExpo's first electronic theater, AT THE DRIVE IN is 8 feet tall x 10 feet wide. Laney was chosen to be a featured artist in the show and wanted to do something special. Production, support and funding of the final piece was provided by Berkey K&L - a printing company based in New York City. AT THE DRIVE IN was created via a process developed by 3M known then as Scanamural. Documented as one of the first completely electronic oil paintings on canvas, AT THE DRIVE IN was produced by computer-driven airbrushes spraying paint onto material. Using a 35mm slide output of the illustration Laney composed on the Genigraphics series of supercomputers, the image was transferred via electronic airbrushes sprayed towards a turning drum wrapped with a large piece of canvas. Final images actually became clearer with a larger output size. The technique of Scanamural has long since been replaced by newer technology; as has the process of creating artwork on computer. Computer memory restrictions of the time required 26 overlays of masked images drawn separately then joined together electronically to publish AT THE DRIVE IN on the computer's built-in camera. The inhibitions of both size and output limitations are unheard of today.

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