In June of 2018, my partner James Pricer and I opened the Generative Art Project to promote the best generative art from across the globe. Briefly, the work features collaborations between human and autonomous, non-human systems. The autonomous systems, mainly tech-tools, contribute to the final work of art by completing tasks and making choices once controlled by the artist alone. These tools are not meant to replace humans or diminish their creative role. Rather they extend the artist’s visual and conceptual reach and allow them to communicate complex narratives over time through the medium of video.
My interests in science and history drew me to generative, digital, and computer art when as a newspaper writer I first began covering art in 1999. Artists like writers record the human experience and I was curious to see how tech-based artists would document the information age. Over the past two decades, science and technology have increasingly expanded, modified, and controlled our lives. So what does it mean to be human now that being entirely human is no longer the only option, the best option, or even an option at all?
Generative art, created in the intersection between humans and machines, is uniquely qualified to comment on the complex relationships that we are forming with inanimate objects, ethereal entities, and alien aesthetics.
Additionally, the movement encourages the fresh voices of designers, scientists, engineers, technologists, and musicians to join the art world choir. Generative art may be high tech, but the artists who make it are human. Their tools lead us into unfamiliar visual territory, yet the questions they pose are as old as art itself. What does it mean to be human as we witness the end of all we’ve ever known and turn to face a new and startling reality?
Past History Highlights
In 2017, I completed my memoir of the 1980s East Village art and design scene titled You Can’t Eat Pants. More on that project later.
Prior to that I was a freelance writer (1999 – 2015) creating content for fine artists, galleries, media publishers, and advertising companies.
Writing is my second career, my first was fashion design. Shortly after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I opened my avant-garde clothing boutique, Immaculate Conception in 1981. I joined forces with clothing and jewelry designer Paul Monroe in 1982 and we became partners changing the shop’s name to Einstein’s. The boutique was located in New York’s East Village. The shop and the life it inspired is the subject of my memoir.
After leaving Einstein’s in 1987, I designed for a number of fashion firms including Trash and Vaudeville – rock and roll clothes, Cartoon Beauty – my own print-driven sportswear company. And finally I designed casual clothing for Victoria’s Secret Catalog. In the early 2000’s, I was represented by Lars Nord as a Tailor-On-Set working behind the scenes at fashion shows and editorial shoots. My regular clients included Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Ralph Lauren, the TV show What Not To Wear, and the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
In the late 1990s, I left NY City for five years and began freelancing as a writer. I wrote catalogs, book essays, artist’s statements, and was a columnist for newspapers and magazines including Chapel Hill News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Gay and Lesbian Times, Bust, Art Papers, New York Press, and Artnet.com.
2007-2012, I went online for New York Press and City Arts creating and producing video art reviews for – Now On: for City Arts
Spring 2000 – Life Studies – Duke University’s Museum of Art, My first exhibition the show featured life studies by three artists; painter Kent Williams, sculpture Michael Salter, and installation artist Andre Lekberg.
Fall 2000, Only Human, my second curation project featured ten portraits. Artists include Peter Halasz, Dave Kinsey, K-8 (Kate Wentz)
Designs part of Permanent Collections:
Men’s Wedding Skirt, 1986, Smithsonian’s Costume Department
Various collections 1980- 1985, Fashion Institute of Technology’s Costume Museum
Amalgam: Kent Wiliams, ASFA, 2008
Paris 62, Rizolli, 2008
Women Then, Photographs by Jerry Schatzberg, Rizolli, 2010