Art Meets Computers

Remember Rejected? Digital Artist Series at Pratt Includes Animator Don Hertzfeldt and Algorithmic Artist Roman Verostko

roman verostko Remember Rejected? Digital Artist Series at Pratt Includes Animator Don Hertzfeldt and Algorithmic Artist Roman Verostko

Roman Verostko. Epigenetic pen plotted drawing, 3" by 5", 1987

Starting next week, Pratt will showcase six digital and new media artists for its free and open to the public spring lecture series. The lineup looks pretty sweet: Don Hertzfeldt of Bitter Films, the Academy Award nominated animator whose short Rejected was a viral hit, will give a talk on March 28; algorithmic artist Roman Verostko, who started his career as a Benedictine monk, will talk about his “richly colored algorithmic pen and brush drawings,” designed with his own hand-built software, on Feb. 22.

Other presenters include Alex McLeod, who “constructs hyper-realistic 3-D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet candy-colored palette;” Pratt alumnus Cesar Kuriyama, who is currently working on a project in which he will edit together video of 360 seconds of his life into a “montage that both records his life and forces him to revaluate how he approaches each day”; and new media galerist Magda Sawon and snarkmaster William Powhida, who once drew a large-scale painting of everyone he’d ever met.

The schedule:

February 22, 2012  – Roman Verostko (M.F.A. ’61)
March 7, 2012 – Alex McLeod
March 21, 2012 – Magda Sawon and William Powhida
March 28, 2012 – Don Hertzfeldt
April 4, 2012 – Cesar Kuriyama (B.F.A. ’04)
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