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Bangkok, Thailand (will be San Diego CA, USA starting in July)
Robert is specialized in Urban Abstract Digital Photo Manipulations (Algorithmically Processed Photo imagery). Street photographs taken in and around Bangkok are processed iteratively through custom software created by the artist that rotates and folds sections of the images to build micro-symmetries within the composition. The resulting images are entirely constructed from photographic elements of the source image, but patterns of shapes, colours and textures also emerge during the processing that abstract the imagery away from the original.
MFA in Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, NYC, USA
BS in Art and Communication, Oberlin College, OH, USA
Robert was born in 1960 in Cali, Colombia, to American expat parents. His father was in the paper industry, and the family had the opportunity to live all over the world: in addition to Colombia the family also lived in Ecuador, Peru, USA, Philippines, Canada, Guatemala, Nigeria and - for a 5-year stretch in the early 70s - Bangkok, Thailand. Robert got a Master’s Degree in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts and also taught there for many years. He has also partnered in numerous start-ups, including web design firm Rare Medium, tech bar Remote Lounge, and interactive lighting platform Sensacell Inc. After 25 years in New York, Robert returned to Thailand with his family and has been living in Bangkok for the last 7 years.
The process starts with the source photographs: these images themselves are often chaotic-appearing documents of the jumble of colors, materials, signage and textures found on the streets of Bangkok. As the algorithm process the image, it in some way simplifies this visual incoherence by introducing bits of structure resulting from the image sections “folding”. As these abstract patterns begin to assert themselves in their recombined forms, however, the randomizing routines in the software continue to add a counter-acting and unpredictable visual complexity and compositional tension. Robert often creates many works from a single image, displayed as image series on his website. Each finished work is a distinct navigation of the near infinite parameter space of the algorithm, processed as it is through multiple iterations. The art-making process is about selecting and re-processing the images in stages with new random variables until that particular variation is deemed complete or it is discarded. The resulting tensions in the completed works - between visual order and disorder, authorial purpose and randomness, abstract pattern versus photographic document, formal simplification working against parametric variation – all work to give the artwork its distinctive character.
2019 – Folded Space, Eat Me Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
2018 – KrungThep Fever Dream, Galeria Sucio, Bangkok, Thailand
2019 – Art Beat Pulse 1, Silapix Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand
2017 – Sathorn 11 Artspace, Bangkok, Thailand
2017 – Steps with Theera, Bangkok, Thailand
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