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Modern Luxury Hawai’i Discovers the Colorbox

by gabemott on June 18, 2012

“…one of Hawai’i’s most visually arresting playthings.”

If I had known that the photo shoot for Modern Luxury Hawaii would have been more about me than the visuals on the box, I wouldn’t have stayed up til 4 AM working on the content and instead would have gotten some beauty sleep. It was a thrill working with Tony Novak-Clifford who is as pro as it gets. 

The text from the article:

Step inside Colorbox, and get ready to leap into a postmodern, psychedelic rabbit hole. Once inside, a single movement can create an explosion of light and color, immersing you in a cyberpunk world of changing hues.

Consider it cutting-edge art or technological innovation, Colorbox–created by Maui abstract artist Gabriel Mott–is certainly one of Hawai’i's most visually arresting playthings. Since its 2008 début at Maui’s SOURCE arts festival, Colorbox has rocked island crowds everywhere, from the Alchemeyez Visionary Art Congress on Hawai’i Island to the Maui Film Festival.

Mott’s cube of cool began as pure artistic expression. During a class with color master Dick Nelson, he experienced a “color epiphany.” Inspired by his intense, newfound appreciation for color, Mott teamed up with programmers to create his breakout box, incorporating technology from the Xbox Kinect to drive its interactive light display.

Once in the box, up to eight people can dance, jump or even hit a handstand and then see swirls of color immediately cascade on the four screens around them. (From the outside, spectators get to watch the show.) Since the box is user-driven, every experience becomes spontaneous, visceral and unpredictable.

With islanders now amazed, Mott’s dream is to get Colorbox to venues around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His motivation: “I want to create an environment that’s so immersive that people forget where they are and just experience color.” -Diane Seo

Many thanks to George Keoki Medeiros for helping to setup the box (carrying the entire structure from the truck nonchalantly –as if that had ever been done before!). And thanks to Kelly Brown, Jen Solé Weller, Satya Sharkey.

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linda centkowski September 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

Congrats Gabe .. great article highlighting your amazing work. we NEED to see it in NYC! If not MOMA there must be a space in Tribeca or Chelsea ready to break the mold and showcase your talent! You need a publicist, pronto!

Spread the word.. it will happen.


gabemott June 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

Thanks Linda!


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