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Event features video art of music composition professor

Posted on November 29, 2012

A selection of computer-generated art videos by Henry Gwiazda, Music, will be screened Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Auditorium on the MSUM campus.

Gwiazda’s art has garnered considerable recognition all over the world. His works have screened in festivals and galleries in New York, Paris, Madrid, Cairo, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Naples, Marseilles, Seoul, Damascus, Athens, Istanbul, Moscow and many others. He won First Prize at Abstracta Cinema (Rome, Italy), Magmart Video Festival (Naples, Italy), Festival InOut (Gdansk, Poland), Second Prize at the Crosstalk Video Art Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Third Prize at the GIGUK Video Art Festival (Giessen, Germany), and the Grand Prize for Best Audio at the 2008 DIGit Media Exposition (Narrowsburg, N.Y.).

The Dec. 4 event will feature six new pieces. The works are completely digital, feature urban environments, and have a zen-like quality to them, Gwiazda says, noting that even though they do not tell stories, they are not abstract.

David Finkelstein, in a FilmThreat.com review of Gwiazda’s video composition  Claudia and Paul, wrote, “…these scenes can be experienced as a gateway into a paradise where shifts of light, tiny gestures and events, and precisely rendered sounds all become a kind of exhilarating music.” Claudia and Paul was acquired by the Plains Art Museum in Fargo in 2011, the first digital art in its permanent collection.

For more information about the Dec. 4 event, call Gwiazda at 218.477.4608 or email him at henrygwiazda@cableone.net.


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