Victor Acevedo & Christine Sciulli
Techspressionist Salon #20 – June 22, 2021
Moderator: Davonte Bradley
Victor Acevedo is an artist best known for his digital work involving printmaking and photography. However, since 2007 his primary focus has been working with video and producing (electronic) visual music works. As an ongoing practice, Acevedo still issues signed limited edition prints, but now the prints are from still images sourced from his video work.
Acevedo’s key early influences were Cézanne, Picasso, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Fritjof Capra and Buckminster Fuller. A deep study of their work and ideas, led him to the genesis of his space-frame & polyhedral graphical metaphor. It is a kind of ‘geometrical Surrealism’ and it is quite evident in his early traditional media work. It has a metaphysical bent, juxtaposing figuration with non-objective form. This interplay of geometry and a contemporary Surrealism carries over into both his digital print and video work. His digital work could also be classified as ‘Techspressionism’.
Acevedo is considered a desktop computer art pioneer as he was an early adopter of pre-Windows personal computer (IBM PC) software to create fine art in the early 1980s. He now works primarily on the Apple Macintosh platform. He has shown his work in over 130 group and solo art exhibitions in the U.S. and Internationally since 1982.
In 2005, Tell Me the Truth, one of Acevedo’s early 1990s digital art prints was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as part of their acquisition of the Patric Prince Computer Art Collection. Scholars agree that it is one of the most important collections of Digital fine art in the world today.
In 2006 through 2013, Acevedo’s work was featured in several art history books. The first of which was called Art of the Digital Age, edited by Bruce Wands (Thames and Hudson 2006) The piece reproduced in the book is called Eric in Orense (2000) and it was also featured in the book’s online and hard-copy promotional announcements. The book is described as “The first major illustrated survey of this exciting, new, and experimental field”.
Acevedo’s work was discussed at length in an important and influential book called From Technological to Virtual Art, written by art historian Frank Popper, (MIT Press 2007).
His image called Springside Cynthesis and a descriptive blurb about his work was included in Wolf Lieser’s Digital Art (Ullmann/Tandem, 2009) and also in the large format ‘coffee table’ edition this book, retitled The World of Digital Art (h.f. Ullman, 2010)
Victor Acevedo founded his company ACEVEDOMEDIA in 2010 to produce Music Videos and Electronic Visual Music works as well as Educational & Documentary projects. Future plans include Dome projections and VR/AR.
Christine Sciulli is a visual artist whose primary medium is projected light.
“Her work consists of intersections of the geometry and an intuitive sense of how to use everyday materials to give a sense of “spatialisation” – she plays with how we perceive the world around us in a way that leaves you with a kind of eerie sense of timelessness.” – Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
Sciulli’s ROIL was shown at Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon Gallery in early 2016 and it was awarded a Lighting Award (UK) and Lumen Citation from the Illuminating Engineering Society. Her work was included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. Her projection installations have been shown in numerous galleries and museums including the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Parrish Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, South Fork Museum of Natural History, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Edward Hopper House Art Center and Smithsonian Affiliate Annmarie Gardens, as well as in International light and music festivals. She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant for her public art project Intercepting Planes X. Christine was commissioned by the Global Poverty Project to create her installation, Expanding Circles, projected onto 2,500 people, for the 2013 Global Citizen Festival. Sciulli will have a solo show at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY in February 2019, and will be part of Responsive, a light festival in Halifax, Canada.
Sciulli’s theatrical credits include light-video artist for the Mabou Mines Gantry Plaza State Park waterfront production of, “Song for New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting”, directed by Ruth Maleczech (“…a distinctly urban feel, magnified by a glittering lighting design by Christine Sciulli, a video installation artist.” Melana Ryzik, New York Times) and participated in their Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Residency at White Oak. She has worked with Phantom Limb in residence at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center and Mass MoCA.
Her video-electroacoustic collaborations with composer Doug Geers have been shown widely at European and American festivals including the 2013 VIDEOAKT International Video Art Biennial, Barcelona and Listening in the Sound Kitchen, Princeton University, 2001. She was a finalist for Ridge Flats, a 2013 Philadelphia Percent for Art commission and was the recipient of an International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit for the Rodin Pavilion in Seoul.
Christine Sciulli holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University, graduating as a Besal Scholar, as well as BFA and MFA degrees in Combined Media from Hunter College, where she was awarded the Esther Fish Perry Award, BFA merit award, and the Leutz/Reidel Travel Grant.
Techspressionist Salons are bi-weekly artist meetups where artists can present their work and discuss matters relating to art and technology. They are attended by artists listed in our Techspressionist Visual Artists Index and are also open to interested individuals on our mailing list. The First Techspressionist Salon was held on September 1, 2020, and included artists Colin Goldberg, Patrick Lichty, Steve Miller and Oz Van Rosen, as well as group advisor Helen Harrison. During this session, the working definition of Techspressionism was decided upon by the participants as: “An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”