Thursday, October 07, 2004

Hellovision is Live

Born and raised in Cornwall, NY Karen Kuslansky began her artistic studies as a high school fine art student participating in programs such as Saturday Live at the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as the New York State Summer School for the Arts at Fredonia University. After graduating high school in 1994 she went on to study at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where she was introduced to the field of film and video. It was here that a budding interest in both metaphysics and mysticism developed into a near obsession, from which was born the philosophical basis of all that Karen creates. This was most immediately apparent in her student films, which were intimate and highly cerebral as she dealt with abstract notions of time and space as well as her own existence in the world.

Always striving to transcend the parameters with which her medium is comprised, Karen became increasingly dissatisfied with the pace of analogue film and video. In the summer of 1996 she enrolled in The School of Visual Arts computer art program focusing primarily on digital fine art. With an ability that far exceeded that of her fellow students Karen was quickly recognized with accomplishments such as her acceptance into the 8th annual NY Digital Salon in 1999. Her video Cromagnonmus was the sole undergraduate work included in the salon that year. Her piece also received mention in the Fall 2000 issue of Leonardo Magazine. Other recognitions include 2002 Digitalis II The Spiritual in Digital Art at the Evergreen Cultural Center British Columbia as well as participation in the 2003 Analog & Digital Art Group Show at the Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY.

After nine years working in new media, Karen's reservoir of creativity seems endless. She has created +helloVISION+ a company that showcases both her fine art as well as her innovative graphic design services. Her digital art is now represented by POD Gallery in New York City as her dedicated following grows. She also contributes written work to New York North Arts & online art reviews.



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