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