February 2011 Michael Wright aka Mrags Writer is Debuting his internet work “Looking In, Looking Out” at mrwstudios.blogspot.com. “Looking In, Looking Out” consists of self portraits paintings created daily for one year beginning on the artists birthday in 2010 and ending on his birthday in 2011. Wright has focused on the portrait as one of his life themes. “I have worked over the years with the portrait as representing the individuals struggle for spiritual freedom. I see my work in relationship to how different cultures view themselves at this time in our history. My work looks to represent the spiritual force behind surface appearance. I believe that there are keys to the understanding of nature, the universe, and woman/mans place in it. I choose to see the Universal in, as they say in Zen, “the thousand and one things around us." I’m continually in a state of awe at our place in the universal scheme of things. My work attempts to reflect that awe.” This work is inspired by Joe Nalvan and JD Jarvis’s book “Going Digital” and funded by M Ragsdale Wright Studios.
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. Wright 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 international resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego California. Wright created his portrait virus project for the SIGGRAPH STUDIO in Los Angeles 2010.
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