Bobby Genalo's enthusiasm for creative problem solving has resulted in a body of work that bridges ideas in art, technology and education. He holds degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, teaches design courses at Pratt Institute and records music in his apartment regularly.
Bobby is currently developing interactive, tangible artwork through PlaySomething, as well as digital, data-driven work for personal projects. His work has been featured on PSFK, The Creator's Project, AIGA, and Inhabit.
Bobby has taught design courses at MICA and Pratt Institute, encouraging students to bridge the divide between beauty and utility. For his thesis, he worked with 3rd graders to explore possibilities in 3D scanning and printing, and has recently hosted a lecture series on emerging designers on behalf of Pratt COMD.
A selection of favorite past projects:
Pratt, Spring 2013
Can there exist an overlap between the screenprinted concert poster and a news article? How might communicating current events as though they were band merchandise help to create awareness and inspire others to read the news?
Pratt, Fall 2012
Use Rube Goldberg's step-by-step, mechanical process as a guide as you construct a three dimensional, kinectic system that, over time, translates information regarding an upcoming event of your choosing. Film the mechanism in action and upload your Tangible Motion Graphic to YouTube.
MUSIC / DESIGN
MICA, Fall 2011
What is the relationship between music and design? How are they similar/different? For your first assignment, choose between creating a poster that corresponds to a piece of music or creating a piece of music that responds to a poster. Consider hierarchy, rhythm, context, functionality. Challenge yourself.
MICA, Fall 2011
In pairs, create a step-by-step slideshow depicting the keystrokes necessary to produce a logo, business card, or poster within Adobe Illustrator. The rest of the class will follow your steps without looking at their monitors. The team that has the best success rate wins a prize (the prize was pizza).
In 2007 I moved into a storefront apartment (store in the front, apartment behind) on Myrtle Avenue in the southern part of Bushwick, Brooklyn. It was the ideal situation for a recent art school graduate in that it provided a live/work space that could facilitate various forms of making, sharing, and hosting.
Shown: CJ Reilly outside the gallery as he prepares for his opening in June 2009.
Drwr Gallery, as it was named in 2009, helped showcase the talent of young artists, actors, and musicians for nearly two years.
Shown: The end of a fun opening for Peter Beaugard and his many glowing sculptures.
Initial plans for the storefront centered around a "creative workshop for kids." Neighbors would often come for dinner to discuss lesson plans, arts-based workshops and other ways in which we could help the children spend less time in the laundromat with their mothers and more time making. With some extra sheetrock, I built a couple dividers in the shapes of mountains. The clouds were speakers with foamcore cut to size.
Upon recoginizing the amount of time, energy and money a "creative workshop for kids" required, we quickly nixed the idea, replaced the mountains and clouds with a plain old wall and set up shop as a gallery.
Shown: Wolfgang Ryan's impressive knack for putting many holes in our walls (kidding!)
We never put much effort into actually selling the work -- nor did we require those who showed in our space to donate a piece in return. Luckily for us, however, they almost always did.
Shown: The paintings of Graham Loper.
One of the most dynamic openings we held in our humble gallery/home was the recording of "Murder With Hart", the story of an amateur private investigator who just happened upon a murder outside of a Bushwick-based art gallery. Our very own Jemma Lorenat wrote and directed. More info on Drwr's website.
Shown: Testing various microphones before the opening with (from L to R) Derek Muro, Patrick Burford, Graham Loper, Roger Levy.
From time to time we would supplement the visual art in the storefront with mini shows in our living room.
Shown: Band Antenna
Those who were a part of Drwr still bemoan its demise. Repeated thefts (sadly, they never stole the art) and a feckless slumlord shuttered our door in 2010. The end?
Shown: Drwr business cards.