PCC’s annual artist-in-residence for 2014 will be Casey Reas, who will showcase his work in an exhibition entitled “Yes No”.
The artist-in-residence program began in 1987. During the artists’ residency they exhibit their artwork and create a new work to become part of the college art collection. The artist also stays on campus for a week to interact closely with students, faculty and the campus community. Reas will be involved around the campus from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7.
“I’m looking forward to the workshops,” Reas said. “We’re planning two or three workshops where I’ll work with the students on drawing exercises related to the themes in the exhibition as well as coding workshops”.
There will be a public lecture held by Reas on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum and immediately following there will be a reception for Reas in the Boone Family Art Gallery.
The art created by Reas is a meeting place between computer software and visual arts meant to define a unique area of visual art that builds upon many different artistic mediums. Reas described his art as “relational systems”. Together with Ben Fry in 2001, they began “Processing,” what he calls an “open source programming language” for visual arts.
“I hope the work makes people think and ask themselves questions about what the work is and what it means to them,” Reas said. “I hope people will see something familiar and also strange so each individual has something to relate to, but also needs to resolve what she/he is seeing”.
His art has been featured in exhibitions across the world and he has received awards from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New World Symphony in Miami.
Brian Tucker, associate professor of art at PCC and the Gallery Art Director, hopes Reas’ exhibition will serve “as a model of the kind of forward-looking possibilities for art that we want to promote at PCC.”
The largest piece in the gallery entitled “Tox Screen” features two side-by-side projected images that stretch across the entire gallery wall.
“Each of the projectors is attached to a computer containing a unique program that Reas wrote for this piece. Over-the-air television broadcasts are processed by these programs, creating a constantly mutating, visually dazzling display of rearranged elements of the broadcast signals,” Tucker said.
Currently, Reas is a professor in the Design Media Arts department at the University of California, Los Angeles.