Gate Pages :: October 01: John Klima


Ca. 1980, Brooklyn-based artist John Klima (b. 1965) attempted to code a 3D maze on a TRS-80 with 4k RAM and failed miserably, but has been obsessed with 3D graphics ever since. Contracting for companies such as Microsoft, Turner Broadcasting, and Dun & Bradstreet from 1993 to 1998, Klima honed his programming skills while continuing to make art within the flexible schedule that free-lance programming provided. In 1998, Klima discontinued activities as a commercial programmer to focus solely on the creation of art software. He has shown frequently in New York, mounting his first solo exhibition in February, 2001 at Postmasters Gallery. His work has been shown at European festivals, such as VIPER (Switzerland) and EMAF (Germany). His work "glasbead" was included in the "New Media New Face" exhibit at the ICC in Tokyo, Japan (1999) and received the Golden Lasso Award for Art in the Web3DRoundup at SIGGRAPH 2000 in New Orleans. His work "ecosystm," commissioned by Zurich Capital Markets, was shown at the Whitney Museum as part of the exhibition "BitStreams" (2001). His latest work, "EARTH," was previewed at the National Library of Medicine on May 21st, 2001, and at SIGGRAPH 2001 in Los Angeles.