University of Calgary

Gerald Hushlak

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Gerald (Jerry) Hushlak is a Professor in the Department of Art specializing in drawing, painting and computer art. A native of Lamont, Alberta, he joined the then Faculty of Fine Arts in 1977.

Jerry exhibits mural-sized paintings in museums, builds rapid prototype sculpture defined in a three dimensional modeling package, Cinema 4-D, and plots large giclee printed drawings (36” X 50”) derived from his evolutionary computing software.  In collaboration with Dr. C. Jacob and Dr. J. Boyd, professors in medicine and computing science respectively, he has created audience-driven, interactive computer installations using evolutionary computing.  The cutting edge art technology journal, Leonardo, featured their interactive work as their cover story in the summer of 2007.  

In July 2009, with his Department of Art colleague, Dr. Jennifer Eiserman and Mary Anne Hushlak, Jerry presented “A Model for Exploring Anyville: Using Dialogical Collaboration to Create Art about Place," at the International Conference for the Arts in Society, proposing a new lexicon for landscape art that includes generation of images evolved from digital photographs.  This paper is to be published in their upcoming journal.  Further, a paper written with Dr. Eiserman, “Creating in the Twenty-first Century: I Sort, Therefore I Am”, examining the implications of “sorting” as an activity that redefines the relationship between the formal visual languages and the signification of information, was accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago, February, 2010. A recent commission for the Hotel Alma allowed Jerry to further his investigations of this process.





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