Artists' Fellowship - 1996
In 'Memory Box,' a video trilogy-in-progress, Jeffrey Lerer confronts the viewer with a continuous and continually evolving stream of imagery that mimics the evolution of an individual human consciousness. In its later stages, the imagery grows somewhat less abstract, and even begins alluding, however elliptically, to surrounding sociopolitical events. "My animations use paint, clay, endless salvaged objects, video, film projection, and computer 2-D and 3-D software. I love… continuous noise, internal and external, asleep or awake; tons of information to sift through, capturing threads, patches of mental noise, tangents that, when assembled, work as video."
More about the Artist:
My career as a visual artist began with a keen interest in science. I saw science and visual art intertwined. After formal art studies at the University of Iowa, I spent most of the 1970s living and exhibiting in Mexico. When I returned to New York in 1981, my project designs and general concepts revolved around time-based media, gradually incorporating computer technology into my work. Within a few years, 3D animation took over the studio process. I am currently on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, teaching Junior Thesis Research and BFA Thesis in 3D Computer Animation.
My animation work has received funding from the following organizations: The Experimental Television Center, Fund for Innovative TV, NY Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the T.J. Watson Research Center.