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Onscreen Art: Virtual Artist Interacts with Students in Residency

(Posted December 3, 2007)

An example of Ken Huff\'s \"virtual\" art.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A \"virtual art\" virtuoso in three-dimensional, computer-generated art will be in residence at Juniata College for one week from today Nov. 26 through Friday Dec. 7. Ken Huff, a nationally known artist from Tampa, Fla., will display his work in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre and spend time with various Juniata faculty and students as part of his residency. The exhibition of Huff\'s work opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the theatre within the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Huff\'s works, which centers around animation art, will be projected on three 10-foot screens and two 50-inch plasma televisions. Huff\'s work is best characterized as three-dimensional computer graphics, often resulting in visually striking prints, sculptures and short animations that reveal forms that seem familiar, yet are totally organic objects that can exist in the real world or in virtual reality. Huff spent two weeks in residency at Juniata in 2005, where he gave two lectures and worked on an art project with Juniata students. Many of Huff\'s works resemble otherworldly structures and shapes that seem made from materials that resemble space-age plastics or compounds that have yet to be invented. He creates many of these works as prints and has produced sculptures from some of his designs. \"The idea that I can create a large-scale image with a physical level of detail and realism, but not be constrained in any way by physical materials (or even physics) is incredibly fulfilling,\" Huff says. Huff also produces time-based projects and interactive installations that resemble short animations or films. His work is featured prominently in the book \"CGI: The Art of the 3-D Computer-Generated Image\" and \"Aesthetic Computing.\" Much of Huff\'s inspiration for his self-created images arise from nature. He says he has been inspired by the iridescence of a beetle, the spiral forms of a mollusk shell, mud fissures and even the loops and whorls of a fingerprint. Huff\'s artwork can be seen on his Web site www.itgoesboing.com.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.