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Steven Baltay is an acclaimed 3D animator/motion artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He is well known for his 3D rendered loops which intentionally incite visceral reactions from viewers by playing on primal emotions like disgust and satisfaction.
Baltay got his start in the arts with early claymation experimentation. In 2003, he was introduced to 3D animation and immediately fell in love. After brief encounters with the mediums of fine art and street art, Baltay eventually returned to 3D, this time heavily influenced by both traditional and contemporary masters of the medium.
The internet art world has fully embraced Baltay’s highly provocative, stimulating creations which is evident by @realimposter’s large instagram audience and features from notable art publishers like Hi Fructose Mag, All Magazine, and Esquire. Baltay has also created for big name brands like Adobe, Bershka, Converse, Facebook, Herno, Netflix, NFL, Ports 1961, and iconic musicians such as Beck and Tame Impala.
Usually centered around fluid substances and interactions (think slime), Baltay’s newest release takes on a more industrial approach to initiate the same unsettling reaction.
Inspired by a graham cracker being pushed into a belt sander, this is a cringe-worthy 3D animation that for some reason you won’t look away, even if you want to. With this creation, Baltay plays with the idea of destructive self-care in today’s society while providing viewers with a captivating scene that contains a chilling twist. As is the case with Baltay’s previous work, Self Care shines the light on the dual existence and appearance of the human emotions disgust and curiosity.
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