[spectre] [CAS] From Realism to Abstraction – an exhibition of work by Peter Hardie

Paul Brown paul at paul-brown.com
Fri Jan 26 10:18:06 CET 2024

The Computer Arts Society’s 2024 series of events continues
From Realism to Abstraction – an exhibition of work by Peter Hardie
Opening Reception and talk by Dr Stephen Bell
19:00 GMT, Friday 16 February 2024 In Person and via Zoom  
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The event will be held in person at the BCS London offices and via Zoom.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor
25 Copthall Avenue
London, EC2R 7BP, UK
Directions here: https://www.bcs.org/about-us/our-london-office-and-event-venue/
An Exhibition of work by Peter Hardie (1945 - 2019), curated by Dr Stephen Bell.
The exhibition provides an insight into Peter Hardie’s creative journey using three-dimensional computer animation systems, exploring the area between realism and abstraction studying natural phenomena.
Hardie wrote that his practice, “… was driven by the observation and reaction to specific moments in time and place of landscape. … There is no narrative in my still or animation work. Usually it has a fixed view with movement derived from the environment; the flow of the river, the swaying of the trees for example. … observing general movement with small seemingly random secondary, movements reoccurring. It is contemplative and reflective. It is these aspects which give a sense of surprise and wonder, and which are often missed in today’s world.”
The calmness in the work gives little clue to the rigorous effort necessary to bend a 3D computer animation system to your will, but what it does do is draw our attention to look anew at the kind of natural phenomena that he chose as his subject matter.
Hardie exhibited nationally and internationally, including at SIGGRAPH Art Shows in the USA (2004, 2006, 2007), Glastonbury Festival (2009) and ISEA Istanbul (2011).
Stephen Bell PhD, is an artist whose work also explores the use of computer graphics in interpretations of natural phenomena. Bell began to use computer graphics for his art in 1977 as a graduate student at The Slade School of Fine Art, was Artist in Residence at The Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent at Canterbury from 1984—85, then studied for a PhD in interactive art. He worked with Peter Hardie on masters and undergraduate courses, and in art research at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University from 1989 to 2017. 
The event will be recorded and uploaded to the CAS YouTube Channel.
This event is open to the public and is free but you must book your place here: https://computerartssociety160224.eventbrite.co.uk/
Our next meeting is AI Creative Writing & Art Anthology Second Edition by Geoff Davis and Friends on 21 February 2024

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