KEN KNOWLTON

Ken Knowlton, Untitled, from the portfolio "Art Ex Machina", Screenprint, 38 cm x 50 cm, Nr. 113/200, 1972

KEN KNOWLTON

Ken Knowlton, born 1931 in Springville, New York, is a computer graphics pioneer. Knowlton says that he’s “been there, done that”: he has been a farmhand, student, teacher, advisor, speaker, reader, mathematician, physicist, electron microscopist, computer scientist, chimes player, mountain climber, researcher, inventor, author, artist, critic, son, sibling, father, husband, grandfather, peace and civil rights activist, agnostic, retiree, liberal, cynic and realistic pessimist.

Kenneth Knowlton was among the pioneering team at Bell Labs in the 1960s. He was a computer scientist and wrote one of the first specialised computer animation languages, BEFLIX (a derivation of ‘Bell Flicks’). Knowlton collaborated with a number of artists, including Stan Vanderbeek and Lillian Schwartz. Vanderbeek worked with Knowlton on a number of films, including Poem Fields.

Retired from scientific/technical agitation, he is trying to spend the final quarter of his life doing no harm: writing essays and memoirs, and using his own computer-assisted methods for planning his artwork, most of which are mosaic portraits.

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS FOR SEASHELL MOSAICS
1999
Arts&Industry, Malden Mills & Arts Inst. Group, Methuen MA
Art Calendar, a winner of Nat’l Semi-Annual Centerfold Contest
Snow Show, Greater Derry Arts Council, Opera House, Derry NH
1998
Art in the Park, Manchester Artists Assn, Manchester NH
Imagining Aging, Alzheimer’s Assn, Watchung Arts Center NJ
1997
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Chamber Commerce Wolfeboro NH
1992-96
5th National Art Exhibition, No. Colo Art Assn, Ft. Collins CO, 1996
Greeley Park Art Show, Nashua Artists Assn, Nashua NH, 1996
National Art Exhibition, Lake Worth Art League, Lake Worth FL, 1992

OTHER SEASHELL MOSAICS IN JURIED ART SHOWS
2001-07
Mosaic Artwork of Ken Knowlton, Mount Olive (NJ) Public Library, 2007
A more perfect Union, Soc of Amer Mosaic Artists, Washington DC, 2005
American Mosaic Project, various venues (traveling exhibit), 2004-06
Mosaics:Fine Art and Functional, Atelier, Miami FL, 2004
The Artful Woman, Banana Factory, Bethlehem PA, 2003
Pieceful Visions, Soc of American Mosaic Artists, Orangeburg, SC, 2002
Impact of Ylem:20 Years of Art, Science and TechnoL. San Francisco, 2001
1991-1999
Art and Industry, Malden Mills, Methuen MA, 1999
Expanding Horizons, Art Institute Group, Lawrence MA, 1999
Art-Christmas-Show, Manchester Airport, Manchester NH, 1998
Second annual Fine Arts&Crafts Festival, Wolfeboro NH, 1998
Winter Show, Nashua Artists Assn, Nashua Library, Nashua NH, 1998
New Art:New England, Library Arts Center, Newport NH, 1997
Invitational Exhibition, Inst. for Emerging Art, Miami Beach FL, 1997
First regional juried Show, VERTU Gallery, Newburyport MA, 1997
Annual Art Salon, Chamot Gallery, Jersey City NJ, 1997
Greeley Park Art Show, Nashua Artists Assn, Nashua NH, 1997
Library Arts Festival, Friends of Merr. Library, Merrimack NH, 1997
E.W.Poore Art Show, Manchester Artists Assn, Manchester NH, 1995
Street Gallery, Seacoast Arts/Cultural Alliance, Porstmouth NH, 1995
Seashell Art Show, Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum, Sanibel FL, 1995
Second national Vague Art Invitational, Phoenix AZ, 1993
Puzzle Exhibition, Museum of Art & Design, Atlanta GA, 1993
Visions in Space, Fisk Planetarium, Boulder CO, 1992
First national Vague Art Show, Phoenix AZ, 1992

VARIOUS ARTWORKS ON EXTENDED DISPLAY at
Chamot Gallery, Jersey City NJ, 1997 ->
NETWAVE/QUICKBUY INC, Tyngsboro MA, 1996-00
High Technology Center, Wilmington MA, 1995
Wang School of Maths and Science, Lowell MA, 1994 ->
Wang Laboratories, Lowell MA, 1991-95
Exploratorium, San Francisco CA, 1987 ->
Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1985 ->
Malden Mills, Lawrence MA, Aaron Feuerstein (gift & portrait), 2002 ->

DOMINO MOSAICS IN JURIED SHOWS
1982-1993
The Computer and its Influence, Sheldon Art Gallery, Lincoln NE, 1993
Miami Youth Museum Show, Miami Youth Museum, Miami FL, 1987
Artists using Computers, Foothill College, San Mateo CA, 1986
Pixels, Matrix and Muse, San Mateo County Gallery, San Mateo CA, 1986
Computer Art, Cory Galleries, San Francisco CA, 1986
Contemporary Art Show, Inst. of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA, 1984
Art by Computer and Video, Museum of Surreal & Fantastique, NYC, 1982

VARIOUS OTHER WORKS IN SHOWS
2002
Conglomerations  (Soc of Amer Mosaic Artists), Orangeburg SC
1999
Share our Vision, Arts Inst Group, Lawrence Heritage St Pk, MA
Electronic Rituals (7-pers retro), Intermmedia Arts, St Paul MN
Snow Show, Greater Derry Arts Council, Opera House, Derry NH
1980-98
SIGGRAPH 25th Anniversary Art Show, Orlando FL, 1998
Liberty Enlightening the World, Waterfront Museum, NY Harbor NY, 1998
Artists in the Computer Age, M.I.T. Museum, Cambridge MA, 1987
Computers in Art&Design, Research&Education, San Jose CA, 1984
Computer Art Exhibition And Festival, Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem PA, 1982
Bucks County Community College Artmobile, Bucks County PA, 1980
U. S. Embassy Show, Stockholm, Sweden, 1980
Art in/ Art out – Ukranian Inst of Modern Art, Chicago IL, 1980
SIGGRAPH Art Shows (several of the annual SIGGRAPH conferences), 19**
1968-79
Computer Art Exhibition, Westlake Gallery, White Plains NY, 1979
Art of the Space Era, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, 1978
Computer Graphics Art Exhibition, NCC, New York, 1976
The Art&Skill of people using Computers, IM, 1975
Canadian Computer Show Art Exhibition, 1975
Impressions, Summit Art Center, Summit NJ, 1975
The SDL-Collection (8-artist trav exhibit) Gheerbrant cur, Mont, 1974
International Computer Art Exhibition, Montreal, 1974
Canadian Computer Art Exhibition, Montreal, 1972
Oberlin Computer Art Exhibition, Oberlin, OH, 1972
Ninth annual Avantgarde Festival, New York NY, 1972
Computer Art and Music Exhibition, Univ. of Minnesota, 1971
Art Ex Machina (6-artist portfol) G.Gheerbrant curator,Montreal, 1971
Art and Technology Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1968
Machine Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, 1968

ARTWORK USED FOR BOOK AND MAGAZINE COVERS
1986-2009
GENII: A Conjurors’ Magazine, November, 2009
MATHEMAGICIAN & PIED PUZZLER, Berlekamp & Rodgers Eds AK Peters, 1999
Magic Magazine, Apr, 1994
Art Calendar, July/August, 1993
MIND OVER MACHINE, Dreyfus & Dreyfus, Blackwell, 1986