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Into the Pixel 2009 winners announced

Posted by: Randy at 6/1/2009 11:42 PM
Into the Pixel is a showcase of some of the finest artwork that's lacing video games and their concept artists' drawing boards today.  The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the Entertainment Software Association, and the Prints & Drawings Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced the 2009 Into the Pixel winners.  You can go here to see some selected pieces, but I'll spoil it for you:  Daniel Dociu hogs some more limelight with his stellar Guild Wars work (he's a repeat offender at the show).  But I'm particularly fond of the one pictured below (I've cropped it, but you can see the full shot at the link given above).  It's Bob Nelson's contribution for The Conduit.  Kiki Wolfkill, one of this year's jurors of the event, commented, "I like how the overall comes together when all the pieces feel like they want to tip over." 


“INTO THE PIXEL” 2009 ART CELEBRATED

AT SPECIAL JURY PANEL EVENT/RECEPTION AT E3 EXPO

 

Digital art exhibition honors talented artists, their work

created for video games

 

 

LOS ANGELES – June 1, 2009 – 16 works of art have been selected from a field of more than 200 submissions from around the world for the 2009 Into The Pixel Art collection.  In its sixth year, Into the Pixel (ITP) is the only juried digital art exhibition that brings together experts from the traditional fine art world and the interactive entertainment industry to display and discuss the art of the video game.  Into the Pixel is a joint effort of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the Entertainment Software Association and the Prints & Drawings Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 2009 ITP collection will be discussed and celebrated tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, during E3 Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

 “Into The Pixel is strong evidence that videogames are an integral part of today’s contemporary art scene,” said Joseph Olin, president of The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “The talented artists, whose works make up the collection, demonstrate why interactive entertainment’s influences are so prevalent. The Academy looks forward to the continued evolution of our medium’s artists.”

 

“The Into the Pixel exhibition is the premiere event celebrating the creative achievements of computer game artists as selected by their peers, the public and the fine art world,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO, Entertainment Software Association. “Into the Pixel provides a visionary platform that both elevates and supports the often artistic genius of the interactive entertainment industry.”

 

“I am impressed not only by the breadth of imagination and depth of skill but also by the fact that every year we receive many dozens of images that could rightly qualify for a place in the top 16., said Louis Marchesano, Getty Museum. “From the beautifully sublime to the ironically humorous-- it's all here.”

 

Art in this year’s collection features a wide array of genres, including landscape and anime to fantasy. For more information about Into the Pixel art, artists and jurors, please refer to www.IntoThePixel.com.

 


Into the Pixel 2009 Art & Artists:

 

Name of Artwork

Artist

Game

Company

Country

Snow Battle

Kekai Kotaki

Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet

USA

The End of the World

James Ellis

Shatter

Sidhe

NZ

Construction Site

Daniel Dociu

Guild Wars

ArenaNet

USA

Craft Cosmos

Kareem Ettouney

LittleBigPlanet

Media Molecule Ltd; Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

UK

Chinese Bar

Stephane Belin

Army of TWO:The 40th Day

Electronic Arts

Canada

Over Hill, Over Dale

Matt Nava

Flower

thatgamecompany

USA

Radiance

Nicole Cardiff

Legends of Norrath-Against the Void

Sony Online Entertainment

USA

Enhanced Steamsuit

Chris Dien

Legends of Norrath-Against the Void

Sony Online Entertainment

USA

To The Moon

Lu Yang

Rabbids Go Home

Ubisoft

USA

Night of The Zombidz

Guillaume Menuel

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party

Ubisoft

France

Dirk Dagger Pulp

Henrik Oettersson

Dirk Dagger

Jadestone

Sweden

Landing

Corey Butler

Halo Wars

Ensemble Studios/Blur

USA

Drink Cart Pindown

Luc Allenet

Wanted: Weapons of Fate

Universal Interactive

USA

Viper Caverns (Cave Concept)

David Guertin

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty

Sony Computer Entertainment

USA

“I Think You Knew My Father, Sir!”

 

Mike McCarthy

Fable 2: Downloadable Content 2

Lionhead Studios

UK

Ford Pursued

Bob Nelson

The Conduit

High Voltage

USA

 

 

Into The Pixel  2009 Jurors:

  • Kevin Salatino, Curator and Department Head, Prints &  Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Louis Marchesano, Curator of Prints & Drawings, Getty Museum
  • Glenn Phillips, Consulting Curator, Department of Contemporary Programs & Research, Getty Research Institute
  • Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer, Microsoft Game Studios
  • Jeremy Bennett, Artist,Valve Corporation
  • Jason Manley, President, Massive Black
  • Stephan Martiniere, Artist, ID Software
  • Peter Raad, Professor & Executive Director, Guildhall at SMU
  • Thomas Haegele, Professor & Institute Director, Filmakademie Bader-Wurttemberg GmbH

 

About Into The Pixel:

ITP has established itself as the one annual opportunity for computer and video game artists to receive critical review of their creative achievements by peers in the both digital interactive world and traditional fine art experts. The 2008 collection was recently displayed at the Design Center in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.  In addition, the ITP collection has been on exhibit at the European Festival of Art in Nottingham England, the Toronto International Film Festival, The Bradford Animation Festival, the San Jose Tech Museum, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the D.I.C.E. Summit conference in Las Vegas and The Cable Show.

 

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