Friday, March 9, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Casey Reas Solo Exhibition Opens March 9 at The BCA Center, Burlington

Renowned Computer-Based Artist Casey Reas Solo Exhibition Opens March 9 at The BCA Center

Burlington, VT: (February 28, 2012) Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce a solo exhibition from world

renowned artist Casey Reas, entitled Process, opening March 9th at The BCA Center on Church Street, running through April 28th on the ground floor. Featuring software installations, unique prints and relief sculpture, Processwill also feature a free reception and artist talk on Friday, March 23rd, from 5-8pm.

In Process, acclaimed software artist Casey Reas uses computer algorithms to create complex, organic abstractions. In his ongoing series Process, Reas explores the relationship between synthetic and naturally-evolved systems through strikingly beautiful prints, animations, architectural wall fabrics, relief sculpture and interactive works all derived from variations on the same fundamental software algorithm. Reas is also internationally recognized as co-creator of Processing, an open source programming language specifically for visual artists, a standard for artists creating images, animation and interactive art. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Reas will be in residence in Burlington from March 21st-23rd working with local artists in algorithmic art.

Based in Los Angeles, Casey Reas (b. 1972, Troy, OH) has exhibited and screened his work internationally in galleries and museums including P.S.1, New York; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; Laboral, Gijon, Spain; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; The Dallas Contemporary; Fabric Workshop and Museum,

Philadelphia; National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; Eyebeam, New York; CCCB, Barcelona; STUK, Leuven; Daelim Museum, Seoul; NTT ICC, Tokyo; ZKM, Karlsruhe; bitforms gallery, New York and Seoul among other venues. Commissioned to create work for the Whitney Museum's ArtPort collection online in 2004, Reas is also the recipient of a Golden Nica from Ars Electronica. Current shows include the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Design Museum in Holon, Israel and Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Reas is an Associate Professor at UCLA, and holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences, where he studied in John Maeda’s Aesthetics and Computation group. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for creating images, animation, and interaction. In September 2007, they published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, a 736 page comprehensive introduction to programming within the context of visual media (MIT Press).

Casey Reas: Process is sponsored by Champlain College Division of Communication and Creative Media and The Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Vermont, and is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating 30 years of supporting the arts, 1981-2011, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.

image: Credit: Casey Reas. Process 14 (Image 3), 2008. Unique c print. 27 x 27 in / 68.6 x 68.6 cm.

Photo courtesy: bitforms gallery nyc. Photo by John Berens.