Professor Pablo Garcia crafts a 21st century version of the camera lucida.
Professor Pablo Garcia crafts a 21st century version of the camera lucida.
May 20

Faculty Member Remakes Renaissance-era Optical Tool

The NeoLucida—a simple optical tool launched by designer Golan Levin and SAIC professor Pablo Garcia (Contemporary Practices)—“is set to disrupt the way artists work” announced Fast Company blog Co.Design on May 13. A portable 21st century version of a tool used by the Old Masters to render precise detail, the NeoLucida uses a small prism to reflect the subject on paper alongside the artist’s hand. After launching a Kickstarter on May 8, Garcia and Levin quickly sold through the initial 2,500 produced and have since enlisted professional manufacturers to turn out an unlimited second run. To date, the project has earned over $400,000, far exceeding the pair’s initial goal of $15,000. However, commercial success was never the ultimate goal, Levin explains. “This whole thing is a performance, or an intervention, or just artwork.”