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Beverly Kleiber aka Reiser

Independent Artistat The Brinton Museum
Beverly Kleiber aka Reiser photo courtesy Adam Jahiel
United States

Steve Wilson, in his 1995 book Information Arts—Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology described Beverly Reiser’s (nee Kleiber, aka Palmer) computer-generated works as the exploration of “magical realism” and “new human possibilities.” Reiser has worked with light-capturing and light-emitting media for many years, from stained glass to large-scale kinetic neon and computer-controlled glass walls in architectural settings. The old Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey commissioned a glass and neon wall in which Reiser used a custom-made microprocessor for sequenced lighting. The Oakland, California-based architectural firm Ishimaru & O’Neil commissioned a large stained glass work titled Birth, Growth, and Return for their office. When the firm retired, architect partner Jim Ishimaru removed the work from the building. This stained glass will be installed in the summer of 2024 in a common building of the planned community Enso Village in Healdsburg, California, donated by Mr. Ishimaru. Reiser’s work has been commissioned and exhibited in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Montreal, Tokyo, and New York. Two of her stained glass works, Sails of Silk and Propagation, are displayed at the Verostko Center for the Arts in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. A metamorphosis began with the advent of personal computers and interactive multimedia, fueling more exploration of light, color movement, environment, and viewer interaction. Franco-British art historian, technologist, cultural theorist, and curator Frank Popper discussed her work in his book Art in the Electronic Age and referenced the artistic innovations of her interactive and digital creations. Reiser produced an interactive multimedia installation on the human circulatory system for the Wichita, Kansas children’s science museum Exploration Place. Her latest works, Zoom Hallucinations, use an anomaly in early versions of Zoom to create collages of live images and varied backgrounds. Read about Reiser in Sculpting With Light (with Susannah Gardiner), in Leonardo, 1988, Vol 21, No 2, pg 200, The New Hollywood in The New York Times, Business, September 1991; Cyber Arts, published by Harper-Freeman, Summer 1992, among many other publications. Reiser received an Honorary Distinction in Interactive Art through Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) in 1992 and was chair of the Advisory Board of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, from 1989 to 1996. Reiser's formal art studies began with Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College and culminated with a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University. Her continued studies included graduate studies at the California Institute of Asian Studies in San Francisco.                                                       Photo Credit: Adam Jahiel

Journal Articles:

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