Michael Wright aka Mrags Writer is exhibiting his work “M Feb 5 2010” in San Diego county as part of a group exhibition called “Homage; Contemporary Art in Digital Media”. The exhibition which runs from July 9 to August 21 2010 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido Calif, was curated by the Digital Art Guild. Wrights image, from his blog “Looking in Looking out” mrwstudios.blogspot.com, is “a homage to the portrait painters of the Northern Renaissance who built on an astrotalian tradition of objective material reality, through the use of technologically assisted seeing (the lens), applied to the representation of everyday life.” The exhibition is supported by a catalog. Michael Wright aka. Mrags Writer 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. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level. The SIGGRAPH acknowledged digital pioneer is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.
Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Wright is one of the artists mentioned in an article “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of Digital Printmaking in America” by new media art historian Patric D Prince in the spring 09 issue of the ”Art Journal” published by the College Art Association. Wright's digital work is also represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” by Bruce Wands, “Going Digital” by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, "Computer Graphics World" '25 year Retrospective of Digital Art" in its January 2002 issue and in the magazine’s "Portfolio" section of the November, 2001, issue. Wright is profiled in "Computer Graphics Companion" edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears in "The Computer in the Visual Arts" by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob's seminal book, "CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology". He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright's digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego California.
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ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Committee:
Victoria Szabo, Chair
Jim Demmers, Sue Gollifer, Kathy Rae Huffman, John Hyatt, Bonnie Mitchell, Hye Yeon Nam, Derick Ostrenko, Jan Searleman, Ruth West.