Roman Verostko

Roman Verostko, born in Western Pennsylvania in 1929, maintains an experimental studio in Minneapolis where he has developed original algorithmic procedures for creating his art. Active as an exhibiting artist since 1963, his earliest use of electronics consisted of synchronized audio-visual programs dating from 1967-68. Aware of the awesome power of algorithmic procedure he began experimenting with code and exhibited his first coded art programs in the early 1980's. In 1987 he modified his software with interactive routines to drive paint brushes mounted on a pen plotter’s drawing arm.

Recipient of the 1994 Golden Plotter First Prize (Germany), his work has been included in many international exhibitions including the "The Algorithmic Revolution" (ZKM, 2005), and the Ars Electronica shows on “Code: the language of our time” (2003) and "Genetic Art- Artificial Life" (1993). Projects include an illustrated limited edition of George Boole's "Derivation of the Laws..." (1990); a 40 foot mural for the new Science and Engineering Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN (1997); a 24 foot installation, The Flowers of Learning, at Spalding University's Academic Learning Center, Louisville, KY, (2006); and WIM: The Upsidedown Mural, spanning 2 stories in the new Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, (2008).

Session: Algorithmic Leverage

Verostko identifies form-generating sources and ideas that dominated his pre-algorist artwork in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. He illustrates how those underlying art concepts shaped his approach to structuring algorithms for art-form generators. In doing so he illustrates the transition from “art idea in mind” to “art idea in code”.  He identifies the seductive leverage of algorithmic form-generators and the recursive charm of the forms they yield. He also explains how curiosity about “Boolean Operators” and circuit logic led him to his limited edition honoring George Boole and other algorithmic projects honoring Alan Turing and Norbert Wiener.