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Ctrl + Alt + Delete: A Visual Presentation

 Presented by The Williams Gallery in conjunction with the George Street Playhouse performance “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”, the Playhouse’s East Coast premiere of the comedy by Anthony Clarvoe & directed by Ethan McSweeny.

 Included are the works of three computer artists: Michael Berger, David Scott Leibowitz and Roman Verostko.


Winter Shoppers © 1994
Michael Berger

The art work will on on display in the playhouse main lobby
9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
 March 18 through April 14, 2001

Admission to the exhibit is free and open from noon-10pm Tuesdays through Sundays


Diamond Lake Apocalypse, Burning Bush  © 2000 Roman Verostko
 

About the Artists:
The artists selected for the Exhibit were chosen on the basis of excellence in the field of digital printmaking. Michael Berger, David Scott Leibowitz and Roman Verostko are best known for their the use of digital techniques combined with age old and traditional methods of printing.

"The creator of today...with new tools...will invent new techniques."

Victor Vasarely, 1964

In the 1960s and 1970s business entered the computer age. The new technology soon spread into public awareness, affecting the lives and sparking the imagination of society. Today, as in the past, many artists are leaving traditional paths to reflect, both in content and technique, the technological advances of the times. The possibilities offered by more powerful computers broaden the artist's vocabulary and enable new visual expressions

ROMAN VEROSTKO, Professor Emeritus, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, has pioneered the development and creative use of an artist's personal expert system "epigenetic" art - the use of computer software designed to express his personal artistic preferences and to generate totally original works of art automatically. His approach to art holds a reverence for the materials of earth and a sense of wonder about most things including circuit boards and computer language. His software is an extension of his visual ideas, by which he creates works glowing with mystery and iconic qualities reminiscent of medieval manuscripts. The prints, each unique, are plotted on rag paper, and often enhanced with a touch of gold or silver leaf applied by hand. The pen lines and brush strokes, while executed by machine, exhibit the expressive qualities of the artist's hand. Verostko's vision and procedure explore new realms of expression, unattainable through conventional means.

MICHAEL BERGER "I love the bravado and boldness of Impressionism. Because the sharp edge of reality of the impressionist paintings is often obscured, the suggestive begins to dominate the definitive, and the viewer is pulled into the picture and forced to fill in the other details. Many of these other details aren't even visual; our other senses make the image come to life as a multisensual experience. Not merely a factual recording, the best impressionist images evoke feelings. I am fascinated with the intersection of art and technology; how technology both enables and encumbers new visions and new ways of perceiving the world around us. I have discovered that using the computer as a tool in the creative process has changed the way I take photographs, since I can previsualize the final digital painting. Now my original photographs are like sketches, which I use as guides and references when I paint. I also feel a great kinship with the Impressionist painters of the last century, with their excitement as new technology radically changing their aesthetic. The Impressionist painters took advantage of the new technologies of the late 1800's -- new brushes, new pigments -- and discovered new ways to interpret what they saw. I see us, 100 years later, at the same point, but working with electronic color to produce new visions of the world around us. I use digital technology to go beyond the camera lens, revealing the ordinary images from our everyday life as really extraordinary events ".Michael Berger grew up near New York City. He studied chemistry at Cornell University and went on to obtain a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1972. Joining Polaroid Corporation in 1976, he used his technical expertise in the photographic field and holds ten patents. As one of the inventors of Polaroid Corporation's 35 mm instant slide film, he has had experience in blending art and science to create new imaging systems. For years Berger has used cameras and darkroom techniques to achieve impressionistic images, and he added the computer to his palette five years ago to achieve a new range of expression. Berger exhibits and lectures internationally on his art.

DAVID SCOTT LEIBOWITZ brings over twenty years of fascination with photography, video art and experimental filmmaking to his current position as a pioneer in the developing medium of digital image processing. Mr. Leibowitz is part of a new generation of artists who are redefining the boundaries of both fine arts and popular culture. Having come of age during the information revolution, his work merges an appreciation for the plastic arts with an affinity for advanced computer technology. Mr. Leibowitz completed his formal education in 1976 with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema from the University of Bridgeport. Studies included film, video, photography , and art, with experimental filmaker Warren Bass, and video artist Shalom Gorewitz. During the late seventies he completed his formative period working as an assistant for Director and Cinematographer Tibor Hirsch.His interest in the alteration of the traditional photographic images began with the manipulation of Polaroid SX-70 film in 1977. He has been exhibiting this medium, which he calls Photo-Impressionism, in an annual Soho exhibit for the past fourteen years. His work has also been displayed in a number of museum shows, and has been included in the corporate art collections of IBM, Philip Morris, and Polaroid.

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