Work of digital artist now being exhibited at the Gibson Gallery

 

Digital artist Sean Liska works on a 3-D printer set up as part of his exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

Digital artist Sean Liska works on a 3-D printer set up as part of his exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

By Ron Giofu

 

This month’s exhibit at the Gibson Gallery has allowed people to experience virtual reality and get a look into the works of a local digital artist.

Sean Liska’s “Pixels to Polygons: A Portal to the Digital World” has been the exhibit on display this month with Liska being the subject of a closing reception this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The exhibit actually runs through Sunday.

Liska said all the layouts of his prints were taken from things that inspired him as a kid – many of those things being video games he enjoyed. Prints are arranged in various shapes around the gallery, with themes including “Pong,” “Space Invaders,” “Pac-Man” and “Tetris.”

The exhibit features simple sketches to modern technology with the latter including a virtual reality world he created that people can enter. He also has a 3-D printer on hand for people to view and he is also making prints people can purchase with proceeds going to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre.

“Digital artists have a huge forum to play in now from virtual reality to 3-D printing,” he said.

Liska stated the idea to donate proceeds stems from the fact his parents have both dealt with cancer and this was a way for him to give back.

Liska’s car is also in front, with that also being part of the exhibit. Liska said he used a graphite pencil to help design the art on his car.

Some of the works are his early material, with Liska stating it is a way for young artists to “see where you can come from and where you can go to.”

The 37-year-old digital artist stated he first became interested in 3-D art back in his days as a student at General Amherst High School. He has also attended St. Clair College and the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts – otherwise known as VanArts – between employment stints. Liska has now helped found Nifty Studios, a small games and mobile app developer.

It has been a long time since he was able to exhibit anything, he added, noting he has never brought everything together before. Approached by Gibson Gallery staff member Bonnie Deslippe about putting on an exhibit, he decided to give it a try.

“I think there is going to be more after this,” he said.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. For more information, call 519-736-2826 or visit www.gibsonartgallery.com.

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