facilitated by The City Firm at 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 111222
until May 31, 2021
The interactive artwork features a series of rotating abstract crystal balls in a sea of kaleidoscopic color, showcased across eight 65-inch motion-activated screens.
“In the middle of the 2020 pandemic year, I knew I wanted to create something that would be hopeful. I kept my signature style of surrealism and surprise, but chose to incorporate more upbeat, saturated colors and imagery this time around. The work is not all rainbows and lollipops, but there is this new sense of optimism for visitors – a glimpse of a positive future.”Anne Spalter
Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts courses at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1990s and authored the internationally taught textbook, The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999).
Her artistic process combines a consistent set of personal symbols with a hybrid arsenal of traditional mark-making methods and innovative digital tools. A new body of work, further developed at a Winter 2019 residency at MASS MoCA, combines artificial intelligence algorithms with oil paint and pastels.
She is currently creating work for the blockchain. Spalter is also noted for her large-scale public projects. MTA Arts commissioned Spalter to create a 52-screen digital art installation, New York Dreaming, which remained on view in one of its most crowded commuter hubs (Fulton Center) for just under a year. Spalter’s 2019 large-scale projects included a 47,000 square foot LED video work on the Hong Kong harbor. Spalter’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY); the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); The Museum of CryptoArt, and others.
Alongside her studio practice, Spalter continues to lecture on digital art practice and theory.