Pioneer of Digital Media Art for over thirty years. It was all put into my name at birth. - G - ART - EL (Electronic) Digital Media Art just did not exist before I met my friend, colleague and mentor Nam June Paik at Media Study./Buffalo in 1975. My objective has been to spread a new methodology of art and communication ever since. - Look how well I did!! - )))
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Mr. Gartel is considered to be the "FATHER" of the Digital Art movement around the world for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum, Palm Beach Photographic Center and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale. His biography for his pioneering efforts is included in "Who's Who," "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in American Art," and "Who's Who in the World."
Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, went to School of Visual Arts and associated with fellow student, graffiti artist Keith Haring, where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics. Gartel started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York. Gartel had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry (Blonde) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics). Recently, Gartel has created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. His ABSOLUT GARTEL commission for Absolut Vodka is perhaps his most well known artwork gracing the pages of “ART-IN-AMERICA,” “Artforum,” “Sothebys,” “Art and Auction,””Art and Antiques,” “ArtByte,” “Scientific American,” “Technology Review,” “WIRED,” & “NY Magazine..
He has several monograph books on his work:
"Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance" published by Gibbs Smith, (c) 1989 Utah. Introduction to the book is written by video guru Nam June Paik.
"GARTEL: Arte & Tecnologia" published by Edizioni Mazzotta, (c) 1998 Milan, Italy. Introduction to the book is written by noted art historian and critic Pierre Restany. 250 pages over 400 color plates.
Mr. Gartel is included in the Italian Art History Textbook: "La Storia Dell Arte" published by Editions Giunti (c) 2001, Florence. Michelangelo at the front of the book and GARTEL being the last page representing "NEW VISUAL LANGUAGES."
Gartel JUDGED the Digital Film making Competition at the Scottsdale International Film Festival and gave a lecture on the history of his art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. He also created a large screen multi media project for Governor Jeb Bush's Florida Office of Film & Entertainment, presented during the Florida Filmmakers Reunion at the Globe Theatre, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Hollywood. He created a body of work interviewing filmmakers during the Miami International Film Festival, as well as hosting a panel discussion with industry leaders titled, "THE DIGITAL AGE" in conjunction with the festival's Reel Seminar Series. GARTEL was a JUDGE for the HD Festival in South Florida. GARTEL has collaged images LIVE from camera phone images that were sent to him from around the world all within a five-minute period during the Mobile Imaging Summit in Monterey, California. GARTEL was host of his own television show called, “CULTURE TALK” interviewing the “movers and shakers” of South Florida. GARTEL went to INDIA where he shot the footage for his multimedia DVD being released in the Spring of '07. GARTEL was asked to Chair and Moderate a Panel discussion on New Media and New Cinematic Perspectives for the Cannes International Film Festival. Mr. GARTEL contributed his expertise to the Cultural Affairs Department for the State of Florida’s Individual Fellowship Grants Panel for Interdisciplinary Arts nominated by the Secretary of State, 2006. Gartel’s work was acquired into the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London in 2007.
Currently GARTEL is preparing new work on FERRARI which will be shown at the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris in 2009.
Laurence Gartel is a BFA graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He is one of the three founding instructors of the School of Visual Arts Computer Art Department dating back to 1982. His career started while working with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in 1975.
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Hi Laurence! I remember you- we used to chat on myspace! Welcome to CLPspace... If you're ever in the Melbourne, FL area come check out the new gallery I'm art director of now... Peace and a Cup of Hot CHocolate... :-)
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