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Michael Wright and Victor Acevedo are artists and the founders of the Digilantes, an underground digital art group who produced many memorable exhibitions in Los Angeles throughout the 1990s. They are exhibiting their work together at EZTV's Cyberspace Gallery http:// www.eztvmedia.com from October 4th thru December 30, 2002. Although Acevedo and Wright have shown together many times since 1992, DIGITAL DUALITY marks the first time they are participating in a strictly two-man show. This exhibition presents an opportunity to view their recent work and their special rapport and artistic synergy first hand. The opening reception will take place from 6 - 9pm on Friday October 4th 2002. This event is free and open to the public.

Victor Acevedo and Michael Wright met for the first time in the of summer 1992. Digital art curator and historian, Patric Prince, made the introduction, who along with Michael Masucci was enlisting collaborators to work on a new digital art space they were building at EZTV. The space was later called CyberSpace Gallery. The teamwork of these four individuals produced the gallery's first exhibitions at its original location in West Hollywood. These early shows included Silent Partners 1992, New Art '92 and Digital Salon Des Independents, 1993. Acknowledging these achievements, Wright and Acevedo's art work was represented in the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of EZTV at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, September 1999.

Acevedo and Wright found they had a mutual passion for making computer art and getting it seen by an audience. In the 1990s in Los Angeles, that meant organizing and curating your own shows. In 1995, they called their art group The Digilantes, as a way to describe their earnest do-it-yourself attitude. Acevedo recalls, "Michael came up with this name one day. We laughed about it and we adopted the name as a lark, but it was actually quite appropriate, and so it stuck."

Under this moniker, Acevedo and Wright lead the adhoc committees that spawned the two noteworthy exhibitions called Digital Site, 1995 and LA Digilantes, 1997. The shows were timed to coincide with the large ACM/SIGGRAPH conferences that were being held at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center in order to maximize attendance. Both Digilante shows were quite successful and they are remembered today as historical flashpoints for the West Coast's 1990's digital art movement.


CYBERSPACE GALLERY / EZTV

Cyberspace Gallery, is one of the first galleries in the world dedicated to the exhibition of digital and electronic art. Over the years they have shown some of the most important artists in the digital field. During the 80's and early 1990's, digital art had a difficult time being accepted into the mainstream art world, and needed alternative venues for its continuance. During this period, EZTV served as Los Angeles' most noted organization in support of this new artform. They often hosted events sponsored by SIGGRAPH, the Visual Music Alliance as well as independent curators and artists interested in cyber culture. EZTV's intent to bring digital art to the forefront compelled them to establish the Cyberspace gallery in 1991.

EZTV is a pivotal organization in the history of Los Angeles' Video & Digital Arts communities, bridging the gap between Fine Art and Hollywood. Long before the term "desktop video" was coined, artists at EZTV were doing it, creating elaborate, often feature length productions, shot on video and edited through an ever-improving combination of consumer, industrial and professional technologies.

Over the years, EZTV has taught these techniques to many, who now utilize these skills in numerous fields. Today, EZTV continues to expand its operating arena, with broadcast television, interactive multi-media, live performance and telecommunication arts.

"an avant-garde video production company & digital art center" -Wired.com

"some of the core pioneers and advocates of digital technology in the moving image arts" -American Film Institute

MICHAEL WRIGHT

Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s
on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989 and continues to work in both
traditional and electronic mediums. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on an international level.

Wright's digital work revolves around archetypical elements, water, light, relationships, the portrait as representing man/women struggle in discovering their spiritual selves., and the Zen approach of looking to the 1001 things around you at any one moment, finding the universal. His work has appeared in "Computer Graphics World" the leading edge publication specializing in "Innovation in Visual Computing. Wright was featured in their 25th Anniversary Retrospective issue, January 2002 and the magazine's "Portfolio" section of the November 2001 issue. The article was called "Pixel Perfect: Michael Wright".

Wright most recently contributed to the "Computer Graphics Companion", 2002, edited by Jeffrey J. McConnell published by Macmillan. Wright's work appears in "The Computer in the Visual Arts", 1999, by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley . His digital works are also published in Linda Jacobs' seminal book "Cyberarts: Exploring Art & Technology", 1992, Wired, Micro Publishing News and Computer Graphics & Applications. He and his work have been featured on Agent X, Television Tokyo.

Wright was one of the featured artists at "ACM 1:Beyond Cyberspace" in San Jose in March 2001. He was also featured at "CyberArts X" and "The Impact of YLEM: 20 Years of Art, Science and Technology" both in San Francisco 2001. Howard Fox, curator of modern art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has called Wright's digital work, "Down and dirty, with underlying tension". Elizabeth A.T. Smith, former curator at the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, called Wrights work, "Powerful, Evocative, an equally charged carrier of meaning about memory, time and transformation." The Spectra Digital Arts Gallery in New York City represents Wright's digital work.

Wright is an associate professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education. Wright also instructs on a regular basis for the art departments of California State Universities at Los Angeles & Dominguez Hills, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art., and has formally served on the Siggraph Education Committee as a juror and the Siggraph Traveling Exhibition Committee. Wright is the current Art Gallery Chair for Siggraph 2003 in San Diego


VICTOR ACEVEDO

Victor Acevedo is an artist, best known for his digital work involving printmaking and photography. He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (1979-81). He is now based in New York where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts, in the MFA Computer Art program.

Inspired by a range of influences from M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali to R.
Buckminster Fuller and Fritjof Capra, he produced a significant body of work in traditional media painting and drawing during the years 1977-1985. Acevedo made his last oil painting in 1984 and adopted computer graphics as his primary
medium.

The main intent of Acevedo's work is to explore the structure of space by re-visioning pictures taken from everyday life. Towards this end, he builds various geometric space frames using 3D modeling software and then composites these purely synthetic structures into the pictorial space of digitized photographs.

Acevedo has shown his work in over 80 exhibitions worldwide including at the Levall Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2002; YLEM's 20th Anniversary Exhibition, SF, California; 2001; Colville Place Gallery, London, 2001; in ArcadeIII, touring the UK 2001-02, Galerie der Gegenwart, Weisbaden, Germany ,2001; SIGGRAPH 98, Orlando FL.; M.C. Escher Centennial Congress, Rome, Italy 1998; NY Digital Salon 1996 & 1994; ISEA, Minneapolis,MN 1993; Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 1991.

In 1999, Acevedo's piece called The Lacemaker was featured in the ACM/SIGGRAPH documentary "The Story of Computer Graphics". His work has been reproduced in many publications including Computer Graphics World, The Leonardo Journal, and The LA Times (Valley Edition.) His work has also been featured in several books, including, "Digital Creativity" by Bruce Wands and "Cyberarts: Exploring Art & Technology" by Linda Jacobs. Due to be released in Fall 2002, is an illustrated article written by Victor Acevedo for the book called "Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration," edited by Doris Schattschneider and Michelle Emmer.


RELATED NEWS:

Acevedo and Wright are among eleven artists currently exhibiting work at the Levall Gallery in Novosibersk, Russia. This exhibition honors the memory of the September 11th victims. Novosibirsk is located in the central part of Russia, in Siberia, and is the 3d largest city in Russia with population about 1.5 million people. The exhibit will move to the M'ARS Gallery, Moscow, in December 2002 .