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 Laurence M. Gartel  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida      Known for: genre, illustration, digital art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A digital artist for over 30 years, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum, Palm Beach Photographic Center and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale.  His biography is included in Who's Who, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who in the World and recently included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.

Born and raised in New York City, Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, went to School of Visual Arts where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics, and associated with fellow student, graffiti artist Keith Haring,  Gartel started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York. Gartel  had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry (Blonde) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics).  Recently, Gartel has created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. His Absolut Gartel commission for Absolut Vodka is perhaps his most well known artwork gracing the pages of Art-in-America, Artforum, Sothebys, Art and Auction, Art and Antiques, ArtByte, Scientific American, Technology Review, Wired, &  New York Magazine.

He has several monograph books including:

Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance published by Gibbs Smith, (c) 1989 Utah. Introduction written by video guru Nam June Paik.

GARTEL: Arte & Tecnologia published by Edizioni Mazzotta, (c) 1998 Milan, Italy. Introduction written by noted art historian and critic Pierre Restany. 250 pages over 400 color plates.

GARTEL: The ART OF FETISH published by Schiffere Books, © 2007, PA.

Mr. Gartel is included in the Italian Art History Textbook: La Storia Dell Arte published by Editions Giunti (c) 2001, Florence, representing "NEW VISUAL LANGUAGES."

Gartel is included in the book Art Of the Digital Age written by Professor Bruce Wands and published by Thames and Hudson, 2006

Gartel has judged the Digital Filmmaking Competition for the Scottsdale International Film Festival as well as being asked to chair and moderate the panel on New Cinematic Perspectives for the Cannes Film Festival in France.  On a more regional scene in the state of Florida Gartel organized a large screen projection multimedia DVD for Governor Jeb Bush's Office of Film & Entertainment, presented during the Florida Filmmakers Reunion at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studions, Hollywood.  He has also coordinated the Digital Filmmaking Panel during the Miami International Film Festival.
Gartel's latest project Ferrari will be presented at the Transverse exhibition taking place at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, late 2009.
Information courtesy of Shelley Chaperone, representative of the artist.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Laurence M. Gartel, computer artist was born June 5, 1956. He received his formal education at: School of Visual Arts, N.Y., Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphics 1977. For more than two decades, Laurence Gartel has devoted himself to computer imaging.

Laurence Gartel has emerged in The Art of Computer Imaging, his career as a computer artist can be traced to 1976 at the Media Study in Buffalo, New York, a center for experimental video funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is now one of the standard bearers of a new art form. Beginning with a camera image, he scans photos and merges them into the computer system. Creating a multi-layered video image, he enlarges them, sometimes to nearly 40 x 50 inches. This is only the beginning. He uses multiple systems and the latest technical advances to create his newest works of art. Digital art is often an eclectic mixture of images and abstractions quite unlike what we are accustomed to expect from painting or photography. Computer information exists, as numbers, the efforts of an intelligent assistant, the computer, are logical, not conceptual. The complexity of detail expands the possibilities. If you can imagine it, you can most likely create it on the dynamic canvas of a computer.

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