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Minneapolis, MN—December, 10, 2018—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is proud to present Roman Verostko and the Cloud of Unknowing: From Ideas in Mind to Ideas in Code

The exhibition includes over sixty original works by Verostko, encompassing his pre-algorist work, pen and brush plotter drawings, early screen/video pieces, electronic machines, mural projects, artist books, and newer edition prints. One of the artist’s pen plotters will be featured, as will selections from his archives of detailed notes, equations, and codes. Rather than a strict chronological retrospective, the exhibition will be organized around major themes that appear throughout Verostko’s work, such as his search for pure form, his interest in logic, his merging of eastern and western aesthetics and philosophy, and his understanding of his home “Pathway Studio” as a modern day electronic scriptorium.

A full-color, 168-page exhibition catalogue will accompany the retrospective, designed by MCAD alumni Michael and Suzanne Welch of Abzorb Design, and features three essays by leading scholars Christiane Paul (professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and adjunct curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art), Grant D. Taylor (professor of Art History at Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania) and Bruce Wands (former director, New York Digital Salon and chair of the MFA Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts). While the exhibition is on view, Christiane Paul and Grant D. Taylor will participate in a panel discussion with Verostko, moderated by Steve Dietz (new media curator and founder of NorthernLights.mn) highlighting Verostko’s significant contributions to the field of digital arts.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation with additional funding by David E. Moore.

Exhibition Dates: January 22–February 24, 2019
Reception: Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Moderated by Steven Dietz and featuring Roman Verostko, Grant D. Taylor, and Christiane Paul. 
Location: MCAD Main and Concourse Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Free and open to the public

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Roman Verostko (born 1929), an emeritus professor at MCAD who taught for twenty-six years and served in a variety of administrative positions, is a key figure in the development of generative, algorithmic art. Unlike many of his contemporaries who came from engineering and computer science backgrounds, Verostko was a Benedictine monk at St. Vincent Archabbey and a professionally-trained painter and scholar well-versed in the history of art, philosophy, mathematics, and theology before he started to work with electronic and digital media in the late 1960s.

Verostko has received significant recognition from organizations that have supported the development of digital art, including a 1993 Honorary Mention for the Prix Ars Electronica, a 1994 Golden Plotter first prize, a 1995 Recommendatory Prize from ARTEC, and the 2009 SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. Over the course of his career, Verostko’s work has appeared in over a hundred exhibitions nationally and internationally, and to date he has twenty-two published articles on subjects ranging from abstract liturgical art to algorithmic and epigenetic art. His work is in numerous collections around the world, including the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL; Spalding University in Louisville, KY; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

The artist has been included in the exhibitions and related publications: Genetic Art - Artificial Life (1993), CODE - The Language of Our Time (2003), The Algorithmic Revolution (2004), and V&A Pattern: Digital Pioneers (2009). Recently, he was featured in Lynn Gamwell’s Mathematics in Art: A Cultural History (2015). In addition, he figures prominently in Grant D. Taylor’s book When the Machine Made Art: The Troubled History of Computer Art (2014) and in a related exhibition organized by Taylor, The American Algorists: Linear Sublime. His work was included in the summer 2017 Venice exhibition Algorithmic Signs, curated by Francesca Franco, and most recently was featured in the 2018 exhibitions Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers at the V&A in London and Coder le monde at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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