Begins Feb 5: Memory: Digital and Traditional Work by Jeff Hesser

Artist Talk: Jeff Hesser
February 5, 2016 at 10 am in the Atrium at PCA&D

First Friday Reception & Meet the Artist
February 5, 2016 from 6 – 8 pm in the Main Gallery at PCA&D

Jeff Hesser explores themes of memory, presence and absence, clarity and confusion in his work. He is an artist, whose practice is rooted in drawing and observation of the human form, simultaneously expanding into relatively new art-making media such as 3D printing and interactive digital experiences. His process, a combination of, observation, invention, repetition, construction and deconstruction, may be seen as a metaphor of the human desire to recreate a memory. Hesser hopes to share an experience with his audience; he often states that his goal is to “transform passive viewers into active participants.”

This exhibition will feature large-scale drawings, clay, wax, bronze and digitally rendered 3D sculptures, and a brand new digital interactive piece titled “Newborn.” This exhibition will engage gallery visitors in a rich experience of artworks, which possesses a strong and powerful physical presence, evoking a range of emotions and responses; while showcasing new digital art-making media, unlike anything seen before in Lancaster.

BIO:

Jeff Hesser, http://www.jeffhesser.com/, is a sculptor with expertise in both traditional and digital techniques. He currently works as an artist at the video game company Harmonix and was the Lead Environment Artist on Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved. He is a founding member of Secret Portal, a collection of artists, designers, coders and musicians that has created two virtual reality installations for events at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Jeff’s work has been widely exhibited and featured in exhibitions at the Dahesh Museum, the National Sculpture Society and the Parrish Art Museum.

Hesser was an Artist Educator in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of art in conjunction with the exhibition, The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and has taught workshops in sculpture, anatomy and drawing at many companies and institutions. He has 15 years of higher education teaching experience at Rhode Island School of Design, the New York Academy of Art, Rhode Island College, the University at Buffalo, and Hubei Normal University in China.