Veenstra says the “Trees” theme represents the idea that technology tends to isolate people. The “trees” in his 3D prints and woodcuts are a reaction to the cell phone/texting culture he sees as replacing face to face conversation, and interaction. Ironically, Veenstra used technology to produce the works. The “Tessellation” theme focuses on pattern and abstraction. The “Tests” of the show consist of looped video displays of 3D animations. The common theme to these short clips is the flowing movements of dance.
James Veenstra is an instructor at both Mountain Empire Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is a 1987 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting. In addition to teaching painting, drawing, photography, animation, and computer graphics, Veenstra has been working to promote 3D printing as an artistic medium.
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