Eyal Gever is a renowned contemporary artist whose work sits at the fusion of art and technology.
Using just a palette of code, he develops life-like digital simulations of moments in time - often dramatic or catastrophic in nature from which he fabricates 3D-printed sculptures and experiential light installations. Harnessing this expertise, Eyal’s artworks are always characterized by the use of cutting-edge technologies to explore and examine moral issues surrounding the human spirit, ecology, and global wicked problems.
HIS ARTISTIC STYLE AND PHILOSOPHY
“My personal understanding of the role of the artist is to push the art language forward and invent/define new paradigms of expression that have powerful meanings. It's what experience that the artist delivers to the viewer that is provocative, that can change how the viewer thinks, feels, and views the world. I create art based on sublime moments. These are moments that fill a person with amazement, awe, terror, astonishment, and silence. They are also moments of pure beauty. The word 'sublime' means being overwhelmed, not just physically, the way a great storm at sea would, but being overwhelmed emotionally, spiritually, within every fiber of your body. Not destruction or chaos, but absolute revelation and truth of the moment. Absolute confirmation that this moment is an eternal moment.”
HIS VIEW ON SUSTAINABILITY
“The effect of human activities raises significant questions for society's pursuit of a good life on a finite planet. The rapid growth of the population and more materialistic ways of life have given rise to what many now call the era of the Anthropocene. In the Anthropocene, it is human activities that are the main factor determining the future of civilization. Climate change and plastic pollution are wicked problems that threaten the continuity of life. We are the Anthropocene generation. In my art I always explore and examine moral issues surrounding the human spirit, ecology, and global wicked problems such as the impact of technology on everything (the Anthropocene), to foster a deep conversation that may lead to cultural change and innovation in the current time where there are many risks and many possibilities.”
HOW ARTIST CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MAKE A BETTER TOMORROW
“Art has moved away from the decorative purpose to involve social engagement and political motives. No doubt, things are scary, but they can also inspire positive change. I believe strongly that the issue now for us artists is to come up with a critical inquiry that could introduce a moral compass — and say it out loud through the language of art! The fear doctrine is everywhere - we need to help drive the society through it by providing meaningful art that impacts the future… For me, it is the role of art to explore how to navigate this challenging time and help lead to cultural change and innovation.”
WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH ART
“I create Art for HOPE! Artworks that have the ability to conjure hope where there is almost none. They strike a match to light up the void, to us a better world we didn’t know could exist. We need to fight hopelessness - the feeling we all share from what we are being told by the media, etc. They paint this endless gray horizon and people share a belief that the future is lost, so why do anything! The fear doctrine is everywhere - we need to help drive the society through it by providing meaningful art that impacts the future…”
ON NEW MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
“In my art, I aim to create an evocative experience - that changes people and offers new insights into the representational possibilities emerging from the intersection of advanced technology and contemporary art. In this artwork, I continue to take advantage of all that science and technology have to offer to further my artistic research and create works that further push the definitions of artworks that cannot be experienced vicariously. My artworks are created from the software I develop. Using my own proprietary 3D physical simulation technologies, I develop computational models for physical simulation, computer animation, and geometric modeling. Combining applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering, my work captures and freezes catastrophic situations as cathartic experiences.”
THE FUTURE OF ART WORLD
The ‘new media’ artists of today speak not only to present times but also engage in dialogue with the artists of the past, who both haunt us and challenge us to rise above the mundane. The new artist of the current times has to be able to structure an understandable syntax merging the principles involved in the system developed, related to the historical and technological necessities she/ he is living. I hope that the traditional art world will be celebrating the really new and relevant art... and in my opinion, art that is pushing the limits and defining new meanings should always be the one with momentum, the one that genuinely is changing how we think and feel about today and in the future.
I do see a challenge for the art world in both being more open to novel forms of human expression so that our critical sense is shaped and refined — to be scientific (analytical) as needed, and creative and imaginative the rest of the time. In other words.. a basic understanding of technique versus meaning can help us to clarify the discipline of new art forms/works while allowing their meaning to remain open.