Kenneth Huff Presents Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union College
February 15, 2008
Kenneth Huff, interdisciplinary visual artist presented this year's Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship in the College's Presser Recital Hall on Thursday, February 14. The lecture was followed by an artist’s reception in Crandall Art Gallery.
Huff’s inspiration for his artwork usually comes from nature’s patterns and forms. “Anything can trigger my imagination,” said Huff. “It could be something as simple as a shadow on the wall.” When given the chance he enjoys looking at parts of nature under an electron microscope, not just at macro level but micro level as well.
In the past he used photographs as a reference, but in recent years he has started to incorporate them into his artwork. He works in a variety of traditional and new media. His body of organically-inspired work spans more than 10 years and includes prints, sculptures, time-based projects, interactive installations, photographs and videos.
Throughout his creative process he begins with working out his ideas onto paper in his sketchbooks that over the years have accumulated into a library. While using 3D software technology for visual purposes, he tries his best to translate 3D animation for the digital realm into physical 3D objects. When creating a time-based animation, he likes abstracting his resources by speeding up and slowing down the process at hand.
Some work that was shown during his presentation has never been publicly viewed before.
Recognizing the unique way he used their software, Alias Systems named Ken a “Maya Master” in 2002. Ken has received in-kind support and technology grants from Alias Systems, mental images GbmH, General Motors Design Center, Savannah College of Art and Design School of Film and Digital Media, Apple Computer and ART VPS.
One-person showings have included exhibitions at the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in Melbourne, Florida, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Savannah School of Art and Design and the Atlanta City Gallery at the Chastain Art Center.
Huff’s work has been included in nine Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics Art Galleries, with a total of 26 works shown. The most recent of these was the 2006 exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts for which he also served as a juror.
Currently, a site-specific version of one of his time-based works is showing in Victory Plaza in Dallas, Texas and will be in rotation there for the next few years. Future group exhibitions include showings at Radford University Art Museum (2008) and North Illinois University Art Museum (2008/2009).
Recent books containing Ken’s work include Art of the Digital Age by Bruce Wands, Painting the Digital River by James Faure Walker and CGI: The Art of the 3D Computer-Generated Image by Peter Weishar. Aesthetic Computing, edited by Dr. Paul Fishwick, includes cover artwork created by Huff and a chapter on his Encoding with Prime Factors series.
Huff maintains a studio in Savannah, Georgia and was appointed recently as a professor of visual effects in the School of Film and Digital Media at Savannah College of Art and Design.
The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union College, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring periodically to the College a person of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, music or for an original performance in one of these fields.