Victor Acevedo was the guest speaker for Robert Michael Smith's class called Contemporary Art in Context at the NEW YORK INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY (NYIT) Manhattan Campus on 8 April 2010.
The presentation was called PATTERN, FIELD, MATRIX, VISUAL MUSIC. In this 47-minute clip edited down from his 1.7 hour presentation and Q&A session, Acevedo surveys his 35+ year career in the visual arts. Starting from his student phase in 1977 and early professional practice. He discusses some of his early influences (Cezanne, PIcasso, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, & Buckminster Fuller) and the genesis of his signature space-frame & polyhedral graphical metaphor -- a kind of geometrical Surrealism.
1977 to 1984 Introduction / Influences / Traditional Media (painting and drawing)
1983 to 2006 Computer Art / Digital Prints ( 23.29 video timeline)
2007 to Present: Motion Graphics / Visual Music ( 40.48 video timeline)
Victor Acevedo is an artist and desktop computer art pioneer, best known for his digital work involving printmaking, imaging and video. He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (1979-81). He lived in New York City from 1995 to 2009 where he taught at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Computer Art program. He is now based in Los Angeles, California.
Acevedo brings to his current roles as music video director / video editor, motion graphics artist and LIVE visualist (VJ) over 35 years of experience in the visual arts. Following a natural evolution, his work has moved from traditional media to digital and later from still-imagery to motion graphics. Considering the implications of Synesthesia and given his avid interest in contemporary Electronic Beat music as well as Digital Cinema and Synergetic Geometry, Acevedo has positioned himself inside the genre called VISUAL MUSIC. His music video productions are informed by a synthesis of these traditions, disciplines, phenomenologies.
Victor's interest in Electronic Beat music, began with his introduction to Drum and Bass in NYC early 1995. Returning to Los Angeles in 2009 he soon immersed himself into the local electronic underground. As a result, his most recent visual music works have integrated dance forms like Drum n Bass and Dubstep as spun at club nights such as RESPECT and SMOG as well as the more experimental forms of abstract, instrumental hip-hop, like the full-throttle immersive BASS heavy music that can be found at the community's epicenter, LOW END THEORY.
Acevedo's digital fine art work has been featured in several books including: "Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation". (Tom Sito, MIT Press 2013) "Digital Art" (Wolf Lieser, Ullman /Tandem 2009) ; "From Technological to Virtual Art" ( Frank Popper, MIT Press 2007) ; "Art of the Digital Age" (Bruce Wands,Thames and Hudson, 2006) ; "Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration," (edited by Doris Schattschneider and Michelle Emmer, Springer Verlag 2002.)
Acevedo has shown his work in over 85 exhibitions worldwide including The Waterman Gallery at RISD, 2007 & 2011; SYNAPSE at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) July 2005, The Isamu Noguchi Museum: Synergetics in the Arts 2005; The Siggraph/TAS, Paris, 2005; Novosibirsk State Art Museum; 2005; Digital Art Museum, Berlin 2004; Millennium Art Museum, Bejing, China, 2004; ACM/Siggraph CG03; Siggraph/TAS, Cleveland Art Museum 2003; Digital Duality at EZTV/Cyberspace 2002; Levall Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2002; YLEM's 20th Anniversary Exhibition, SF, California, 2001; Colville Place Gallery, London, 2001; in ArcadeIII, touring the UK 2001- 02, Galerie der Gegenwart, Weisbaden, Germany, 2001; ACM/SIGGRAPH '98, Orlando FL.; M.C. Escher Centennial Congress, Rome, Italy 1998; LA Digilantes at Museum of Art Downtown Los Angeles, 1997; NY Digital Salon 1996 & 1994; ; Digital Site: LA & NYC 1995; Golden Plotter, Gladbeck, Germany 1994; Digital LA: Crossroads School Gallery, SM, 1994; ISEA, Minneapolis, MN 1993; Digital Salon Des Independents Cyberspace Gallery at EZTV 1993; Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 1991.
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