Immersive Visionary Art: Tools and Practices
Thursday, April 20, 2017 • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM • Oakland Room
Can virtual reality be the new digital drug? In this workshop, Android will discuss the future of visionary art as well as share examples of cutting edge digital tools for art creation: Tilt brush, Medium, and the Unreal Engine. The group will explore the role artists have in navigating the next frontier of immersive, virtual experiences and the implications for the expansion of human consciousness.
Lyons, Colorado born independent artist, began studying art at age 8. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, where he trained in traditional academic drawing/painting and animation. Jones interned at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic and worked as a concept artist at Nintendo. Helaterfounded Massive Black, an artdevelopment company based in LA and in 2005, began his career as an Independent Artist. Jones now lives in his home town of Lyons, maintaining a large art studio in a repurposed barn.
Best described as a “digital painter,” Jones has created an immense body of work. He has come to the forefront of the visionary art movement,becoming well known for his many layered, psychedelic worksand live performances using a custom built digital set up. He participated in theGrateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A long time member of the Burning Man community, Androidhas traveled the world exhibiting his work and has contributed toevents on 6 continents.
At the center of Jones' work is spirituality and altered states of consciousness. Describing his work as Electro-Mineralism, Jones attributes his ability to create to the wonders of technology, crediting the planet's resources for advancements in art production. Manipulating light and energy, Android Jones captures complex concepts while utilizing his formal background in the arts. Described as a digital alchemist, he is determined to alter the viewer's perception, pushing the boundaries of the imagination through the use of innovative media forms.