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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: digital, collage-abstraction, optical

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The following, submitted May 2004, is from the artist.

Peter Bardazzi, founder of New York University's Center for Advanced Digital Application, is an influential figure in the Art and Technology movement. He received his training in art and design from Pratt Institute and Yale University before working with important visual effects facilities on the West Coast.

After receiving a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Yale, Bardazzi moved to New York to paint and create art. His vision was unique and challenging, incorporating chalk-like calligraphy with exploding mechanistic forms in his early paintings. As the work progressed the color intensified and the ideas and the artist became more philosophical. There was always a collision between the Baroque and Futurist motion in the early works. In the recent "skull and creature" period there is an uncanny landscape space.

Some notable exhibitions include: several one-person shows at the Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, in the 70's and 80's, the Leo Castelli Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum University of North Carolina.

In the late eighties Bardazzi experimented with the medium of film exploring animation, collage and optical effects. He worked on new techniques of achieving two-dimensional and three-dimensional illusions in a digital space. The idea was interesting that an art form that relied on machine information was being absorbed into the popular culture through small studios and Hollywood. This was an intense period of experimenting in digital art and lecturing about its relation to pop culture.

Some notable lectures and film showings included "Bagels and Blockbusters" at the New York Hall of Science 1999, and "Hollywood goes Digital - A Short History of Visual Effects in Hollywood using Digital Techniques" the Brooklyn Museum NY 2001 (this was in collaboration Industrial Light and Magic). Exhibitions included: "Digital Printing Now" at the Brooklyn Museum 2001, "Immersive Environments" New York University 2000, and the visual effects for "I Know What You Screamed Last Summer," produced by Rhino Films 2000.

In 1996 Bardazzi joined the faculty of New York University and was asked to design the hardware and software needs, as well as build a curriculum for an advanced digital imaging center-The Center for Advanced Digital Applications. It became an instant success, encompassing digital 2D and 3D animation, special effects, post-production for video and film, pre-visualization, product design, digital medical imaging, literacy and the moving image, the history of special effects, etc. Building on this success in 2001 he created a Master's Degree Program in digital imaging and design based on his concept of a "Digital Bauhaus" which drew worldwide attention. Some experimental film projects to emerge from this period were "Projects in Hell" and "The Exquisite Body".

Recently Bardazzi is spending more time in the "studio" and talking about the American popular culture. How images and technology work in our culture and their relationship to art and politics has become of special interest to him. There is also the human question of how artists, actors and directors and tell their stories in the sometimes-inhospitable environment of the new cultural space.

Some recent TV interviews on these subjects have included: "The Passion of the Christ" on the NBC Today Show, "Richard Gere" on E! True Hollywood Story-E! Entertainment Network TV, "Michael Jackson and the Media" WOR-TV News, "Marvel Comics and the Princes Diana Character" Fox News and Networks, "Charlie's Angels" CBS-TV and Networks, "Bob Hope" Reuters News-Video Stream, "Video Games" CNN TV.

Radio interviews have included: "War Images" on CNN Radio, "The Passion of Christ" on CNN and Associated Press radio, "Walt Disney's Takeover by Comcast" on WBNW-AM, "Pixar, Disney Split" on Associated Press Radio, "Animated Feature at the Academy Awards" Associated Press International Radio.

Press interviews: "Akira Kurosawa", Investors Business Daily; "Passion of Christ", Associated Press; "Johnny Depp", LA Times; "Madonna's Clothing Act", Boston Globe; "Super 70s", Associated Press.

Peter Bardazzi currently lives in New York, NY and is the director of New Media Development and a professor of digital art at NYU. He is now working on a new series of paintings, as well as a film.

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