Beyond Boundaries: Charles A. Csuri (1963-present)

This retrospective is an amazing exhibit within the art gallery at SIGGRAPH. I hope and will watch for them putting more of that exhibit online. Here’s the SIGGRAPH description:

Explore this extensive retrospective exhibition featuring Csuri’s art from 1963 to the present, including his first plotter drawing, real-time animations, newly rediscovered works from the early period, recent examples from the Infinity Series, and more. Csuri is recognized as the father of digital art and computer animation by Smithsonian Magazine, and as a leading pioneer of computer animation by the Museum of Modern Art.

There’s a book newly released to accompany the exhibit, from The Ohio State University College of the Arts, ISBN 0-9787275-0-9, titled Charles A. Csuri Beyond Boundaries, 1963 – present. I do recommend the book, but even more than that I recommend exploring his art online, and watching for live exhibits. Many of his pieces are very large, and they simply have more impact seen hanging fullsize on the wall.

His website at www.csuri.com is a great place to start. Here’s a introduction about him from that site:

Digital Art and Computer Graphics Pioneer

Charles Csuri is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art, creating the first computer art in 1964. Csuri has been recognized as the father of digital art and computer animation by the Smithsonian Magazine, and as a leading pioneer of computer animation by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group Graphics (ACM-SIGGRAPH) . Between 1971 and 1987, while a senior professor at the Ohio State University, Charles Csuri founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project, and the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, dedicated to the development of digital art and computer animation. Csuri was co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), one of the worlds first computer animation production companies. In 2000 Charles Csuri received both the 2000 Governor’s Award for the Arts for the best individual artist, and The Ohio State University Sullivant Award, that institution’s highest honor, in acknowledgment of his lifetime achievements in the fields of digital art and computer animation.

I will post just a few of the thumbnails from his site to encourage you to visit him – each of these is available there in a larger image, and there are dozens more:

simpleFLRS_0089 (working title) contemporary digital fine art by Charles Csuri

Surrealistic Art by Charles Csuri

scolor_0316 (working title) digital fine art by Charles Csuri

4Kafish_1051 (working title): computer art by Csuri

Enjoy!

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