"Uncategorized" by Bryan Leister
Opening reception is Friday April 8th, 6-10pm, show runs through May 15.
“Uncategorized” will be Bryan Leister’s first solo exhibition in Denver since relocating here from the Washington DC area. The exhibit will be at Ironton Gallery. The installation will include in transit, an interactive installation exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010 which includes sensor-driven video, drawings on paper and digitally created sculptures. Large-scale prints and a new interactive work for this exhibition will explore the topic of perception and our relationship to digitally created forms.
Leister’s work covers a broad range of media, reflecting his background in design and digital art. “Uncategorized” explores organic structures and questions the classification of the organic/manufactured through procedurally generated forms and user interactions. Ernst Haeckel, in Art Forms of Nature, implied that a designed aesthetic was at work in living organisms. Many of the forms in “Uncategorized” are generated through systems of mathematics and repetition, with the resulting form becoming living and manufactured simultaneously.
Leister’s illustration work has been commissioned for the covers of many magazines, including Time, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Der Spiegel and the Atlantic Monthly. His paintings are in the collections of The Museum of American Art, The District of Columbia Historical society, Kohler, Celestial Seasonings and many private collections.
His performance, installation and video work has been shown at the The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Pyramid Atlantic, The Woolly Mammoth Theater, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Michigan. His animated films have been screened in festivals throughout the country, including the Altanta Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New
York Underground Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film Festival.
Leister received his MFA in Digital Art from George Mason University, and holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently teaches Digital Design and Transmedia at the University of Colorado Denver.
For more on Bryan, visit out his website at www.bryanleister.com