don relyea
Since 2005
Works in United States of America

Don Relyea graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts in 1992 where he was a print making major and a merit scholarship student. He also obtained an management of information systems degree from Cox School of Business. Upon graduation he jumped into the multimedia software industry producing video, games and interactive content for publishers and clients. In the multimedia industry he developed a love for programming graphics and now produces art in several media.

Relyea's tools are script editing windows and compilers. Relyea's background in traditional print making left him with a strong consideration for the process of image creation. Rather than creating algorithms as art in their own right, he strives to write algorithms that simulate the creative process. He breaks down the process of designing, enlarging, and rendering an image on paper or canvas and translates the processes into software.

Relyea's experience in music significantly influenced his art. He stumbled into generative art by accident while writing programs to generate live visuals for several of the bands he contributed to during the 90's. Relyea was using live generative visuals as early as 1998 for electronic projects Jump Rope Girls, Ropelab and Evilcomputergenius. Performances were marked by stacks of old telivisions and video projection displaying live mash ups of recent generative works by Relyea.
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me and my hairy Bush at Siggraph 2007

A print of my Hairy Bush from my hair particle drawing project will be at S=
iggraph 2007 in the art gallery!

Hair particle project and some hairy stuff:

I will be there too for part of the show, any rhizome members going?
Don Relyea


Ars Combinatoria pics and brief review

For those interested,
I posted some pictures and a brief review of the Ars Combinatoria show at
UCF SFDM in Orlando.

Don Relyea


Re: is art useless?

From: <>
> how do you define "useful"? defines it as....
use·ful /ˈyusfəl/ [yoos-fuhl]
-adjective 1.being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous,
helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.
2.of practical use, as for doing work; producing material results; supplying
common needs: the useful arts; useful work.

—Synonyms 1, 2. profitable, efficacious, beneficial.
—Antonyms 1, 2. useless.

I have always thought that the statement "All art is quite useless." was a
very clever statement. It is clever because it can be interpreted as being
relevant on many levels. It can be used to justify many arguments about art,
like "Thomas Kinkade's work is not art because it is simply a useful
component to a business model employed by the artist" and so on.

But like most quotes, this quote is taken totally out of context with its
origin as part of a quote from the preface to Oscar Wilde's work, "The
Picture of Dorian Gray". Here it is in context:

"We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not
admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it
intensely. All art is quite useless "

So really what Wilde is saying is the only justification for making
something useless (art for example) is that at least one person appreciates
it. This is different from the common perception that art must be useless to
be art.

Don Relyea


video clips and more information posted on systemic abstractors vs. pubic realists

For those interested, I have posted some new writing and some video clips o=
f the Systemic Abstractors vs. Pubic Realists project. The project is desig=
ned for full 1080p but the clips are 640x360 and 1280x768 (10secs) scaled d=
own due to bandwidth considerations.

Don Relyea


Siggraph Art Gallery Submission Deadline Extended until 5 pm 1-26-07

While I was still scrambling to get all my entries documented and filled o=
ut today I
noticed the deadline is extended!

Extended Deadline:
The Art Gallery submission deadline has been extended until 5 pm Pacific
time, 26 January 2007.

Don Relyea =