An exhibition of new work by Ronald Davis, Pixel Dust Renderings 2012, will open at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art on January 25 and extend through February 25. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, January 25 from 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Railyard Arts District at 554 South Guadalupe Street.
In the late 1980’s Ronald Davis was one of the very first to create 3-D digital artworks, guaranteeing his place as an innovator in the field of computer-aided fine art. The depicted deep space in his work is inspired by the Renaissance perspective of Paolo Uccello and the perspective studies of Duchamp, the galactic drips and splatters of Jackson Pollock, the striated canyons of Clyfford Still, and the push-pull of Hans Hoffman.
The artworks in the Pixel Dust Renderings series were conceived and executed from mid-2011 through 2012. “Pixel Dust” is the artist’s term for a concept of his medium: Particles of light energy (photons) rendered in a composition and viewed at the speed of light on electronic devices.
They are virtual three-dimensional graphics – not photographs – created using software and hardware similar to that used by Pixar 3-D animators. Each original image is modeled in Maxon Cinema 4D and rendered using VRAYforC4D Rendersystem running on a Mac Pro 8-core Intel Xeon processor (2008). Adobe Photoshop CS6 is used in post-production. The image is then heat-fused in a photographic dye-sublimation print process onto prepared aluminum using 125-year archival pigments, and set into one inch-deep mounting frames.
Davis has been exhibiting his work since 1963 and has had over 65 one-man shows and countless group exhibitions in major galleries and museums worldwide. He continues to live and work at his studio near Taos, New Mexico.