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July 30, 2005: CulturePulp is blown away by Portland artist Vladimir's homemade View-Master reels.


Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. Want to see the VladMasters for yourself? You can buy reels and CDs and learn about upcoming public exhibitions (with live musical accompaniment!) at Vladimir’s Web site,

She also sells reels during First Thursday, from an “Urban Art Network” outdoor booth in the vicinity of Northwest 13th and Hoyt in Portland, OR.

3. Ever the enthusiast, Vladimir also told me about Portland’s 3D Center of Art and Photography (1928 N.W. Lovejoy St.; 503-227-6667) — a museum and gallery devoted to “everything from antique stereocards to View-Master, contemporary 3D photography, lenticulars, anaglyphs, and computer-generated 3D art.” You can learn more online at

4. Once again, this comic has online bonus features! I spent an hour with Vladimir recently, talking about the theory and craft behind her View-Master reels, the local stereography scene, and how she loves to put her own artsy spin on mass-produced objects. (She also makes her own scratch-off lottery tickets, apparently.) You can read this genial Q&A right here.

Lettering too small? You can download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 035 right here: CulturePulp35.pdf

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