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Prints POP in “It’s New / It’s Now”

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The 2000s

Bitten by the Y2K Bug, the world raced into the new millennium. The Internet boom connected citizens across the world instantaneously, opened doors to e-commerce and global communications, and forever altered our way of life.

However, the early magic of the 2000′s was soon interrupted. The September 11th terrorist attacks changed the nation as a whole and began the controversial War on Terror. Soon after, the world plummeted into financial crisis with repercussions that sent the governments and citizens into shock and struggle. Environmental catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian Tsunami  brought  a new sense of awareness to international aid and to the health of our environment, specifically global warming.

Referenced as New Millenium Art, art of the 2000′s reflected the social atmosphere and underwent revival. The spread of globalization largely impacted the nature of the art world. New influxes of art from artists in Africa, Latin America, and Asia rose to prominence amongst American contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. Artists employed a variety of mediums and presented continuously changing facades, as art was no longer for the masses, but for the individual. Art took a central focus throughout the globe as the art industry in China reached new heights and other continents like India began to witness new developments as well. Digital art entered into artists’ repertoires of the 2000′s, as technological advancements continued to unfold.

One such artist is Roman Verostko, a pioneer of computer-generated art since the 1960s. Read more about his algorithmic pen and ink drawing, Spring Memory, h18-gr, below, and see it on view in “It’s New / It’s Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings” at the MIA.

Verostko520Roman Verostko (American, born 1929), Spring Memory, h18-gr, 2010, algorithmic pen and ink drawing with calligraphic brush strokes on wove paper. Anonymous gift

More about the artist and drawing

A pioneer of computer-generated art since the 1960s, Minnesota-based Roman Verostko makes intricate abstract drawings using vector graphic devices known as pen plotters. These obsolete computer printers follow a programmed sequence of instructions (an algorithm) that mechanically controls the movement of pens and brushes on paper. Verostko designs and codes the programs using the elementary BASIC command language. To introduce variability and an element of chance into his drawings, he includes random-action processes in his algorithmic programs. Verostko refers to his drawings as “visual celebrations of the information processing procedures embedded in today’s culture. The finished works invite us to savor the mystery of their coded procedures whose stark logic yields a surprising grace and beauty.”

Visit “It’s New / It’s Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings” to see Roman Verostko’s Spring Memory, h18-gr and 120 other contemporary prints and drawings in person. Reserve your tickets today!

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