Gerald Hushlak




University of Calgary, Canada


I exhibit mural-size paintings in museums, build rapid prototype sculpture defined in a three dimensional modeling package, Cinema 4-D, and plot 36”x 50” Giclee printed drawings derived from our own evolutionary computing software. In collaboration with Drs.Jacob Boyd, professors in Medicine and Computing Science respectively, we have created audience driven interactive computer installations using evolutionary computing. Over my art career I have participated in 40+ one-person exhibitions in public museums and art galleries. In the last five years we have presented installations, or hardcopy deriving from the installations, in more than a dozen exhibitions in different public galleries around the world. SwarmArt, the name we have given to this interactive visualization process, has been screened on Discovery Channel many times and is featured in “Leonardo”.


The Digital Print Shop: Artist and Computer as Co-Creators presented with Jennifer Eiserman


This paper examines the ways that digital photography and computer based post-processing are changing the creative activity of the artist-printmaker. The use of digital cameras capable of taking extremely high resolution photographs, high resolution scanners and opportunities to download images from the Internet, paired with image manipulation, digital printing processes and on-line dissemination platforms provides the artist with unprecedented opportunities for the creation of 'printed' images. Add to this the ability afforded by digital environments to automate image creation and questions arise: Where is the artwork situated in this context? What is the role of the artist?

By exploring the work of artist Gerald Hushlak as a case study of this phenomenon, we articulate the ways that artists creating prints in digital environments work as designers, co-creating works of art with their electronic collaborators. We explore the unique affordances of these partnerships that have allowed the discipline to evolve in new directions; new tools allow for new questions nurturing new knowledge. We develop a theoretical framework that provides for the agency of the artist within the digital environment and recognizes the identity of the final prints as original works of art.


Wednesday 28 September


11:00am - 12.30pm





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