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"The IBIS Project: Early Computer-Assisted Art in the Northwest"
2002-06-25 until 2002-09-09
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA, USA United States of America

The IBIS Project: Early Computer-Assisted Art in the Northwest features prints made by eight Northwest artists Carl Chew, Karen Guzak, Lorna Jordan, Carolyn Law, Gail McCall, Bill Ritchie, Norie Sato, and Janet Yang created with a state-of-the-art computer, color monitor, and color inkjet printer. The exhibition is on view at the Tacoma Art Museum June 25 September 8.

Carl Youngmann, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Washington and Ellie Mathews, a graphic designer, created the IBIS system, a color graphics program, in the early 1980s. IBIS was originally used to rapidly produce variations of an image for such commercial applications as mapping oil deposits. In 1985, Youngmann and Mathews lent their software and a color printer to Seattle artist Karen Guzak. Based in her Seattle studio, these eight artists shared technical solutions and encouraged each other to explore the potential of computers as an art-making tool. Though not technically a collective, the artists shared the excitement and camaraderie of working with this experimental medium, as well as its flexibility as a creative tool that allowed them to produce distinct bodies of work while preserving their own styles.

The project ended in 1988 when the computer failed, however, the legacy of the experience and its importance to Northwest artists in harnessing the creative potential of digital technologies has paved the way for later computer graphic experimentation.

Current programs focusing on The IBIS Project: Early Computer-Assisted Art in the Northwest:

Artist Panel Discussion: An IBIS Project Reunion
Saturday, July 27, 2 pm
All Ages
Cost: Free w/admission

Join local artist Karen Guzak, Lorna Jordan, Carolyn Law, Bill Ritchie, Norie Sato, and Janet Yang as they reminisce about their work with the IBIS Project and discuss its lasting impact on their art and popular culture.


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