In 1986, as a young artist living in NYC, Tony was introduced to the sculptor Mark di Suvero. He spent a year and a half as di Suvero's assistant while living and working on his art across from the recently opened Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Tony had the enjoyment of exhibiting his work in museums and galleries in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through 1994 and after leaving NYC in 1988 he taught Art Administration at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
He was appointed Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute in 1991 and led the organization until May of 1995 after moving its headquarters and Fuller Archives from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Following a brief stint working as the Associate Executive Director for the World Game Institute in Philadelphia, Tony moved with his family to Santa Cruz, California in 1997 to take a position as Vice President of US Operations for WorldSat International. In 1999 he joined Silicon Graphics (SGI) where he held various senior marketing positions until the fall of 2006. Tony then worked with Symantec and became Vice President of Owen Media, a marketing and communications company in the spring of 2007. He rejoined SGI in 2009 and is currently Director of Manufacturing Solutions.
Since 2005, Tony has begun to return to his art with a fresh vision, vigor and new tools. Through his years in the digital environments of Silicon Valley while traveling regularly to Japan, Europe and other locations around the globe, his artist’s tools became more technological and ephemeral - a laptop and a digital camera. With these tools he has explored a completely unique approach to digital mixed media. After a 15-year hiatus from creating art for public display he presented his new work, “Stone Water Spirit” at Land of Medicine Buddha, Santa Cruz County in 2006 and 2007. This led to the development of a broad portfolio of new digital works ready for large scale display and exhibition.
In 2012, Tony had a one person show called "Way of Time" at the Marta Hewett Gallery. It was reviewed in the art journal "AEQAI" aeqai.com/main/2012/10/all-kinds-of-time/ The book "Way of Time- Spinning the Threads of Kairos & Chronos" by Bonnie and Tony DeVarco is available as an e-book store.blurb.com/ebooks/304970-way-of-time or a hardback www.blurb.com/b/3463580-way-of-time.
Here is an interview on "Artist on Art" www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lwhbvWFN6U
Photography courtesy of Tony DeVarco.
Mayako Nakamura is a painter, living and working in Tokyo. She has been exhibiting her work in both domestic and foreign venues since 2009. She explains her working method: "I trace the shapes of space and boundaries in everyday, as my body feels. When numerous senses woven together with the impressions of the reality that my mind has already known, and with the universal shapes that my kokoro longs for, another day appears on my canvas. I'm attempting to create another everyday, which seems more essential than the actual living, by painting atmospheres; emotions and actions that can't be expressed by words; nothing special, but surely existing." Mayako's works have been used as book covers and on CD jacket illustrations, she collaborates with clothing brands, creates clocks and ceramic paintings as well as paintings on canvas.
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ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
As a young artist and sculptor, Tony was influenced by the varied work of Picasso, Matisse, Jasper Johns, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi and others. He moved to New York in the mid-1980s and became an assistant to well-known sculptor Mark di Suvero shortly after he had opened Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Tony was able to work on his own sculptures which he later exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Since 2005, Tony has returned to his art with a fresh vision, vigor and new tools. Tony now considers himself a “sculptor of pixels”. He uses the most basic digital tools to manipulate and layer pixels as if he were working with clay or stone. His secret goes back to the elemental style of his early sculptures, using the simplest of tools – this time the technology was what he used regularly for his business presentations – Powerpoint! In Tony’s hands this tool worked a new kind of magic, as he integrated the Japanese aesthetic of multiple panels or “byōbu” in a single piece.
Traveling often to Japan for Silicon Graphics, Tony began to notice and admire the work of an emerging young artist Mayako Nakamura who shared her work with him through Flickr’s global online community of artists. Mayako is a painter, living and working in Tokyo. She has been exhibiting her work in both domestic and foreign venues since 2009. After exchanging a few pieces, the two decided to work on a complementary series that would engage each of their unique styles. While both were influenced by abstract expressionism, Tony merged high resolution images of both Mayako’s paintings and his photomontages. With this he opened up a path toward creating compelling iterations, with over 5,000 miles of ocean between the the two artists.
While in Japan, Tony used his photography to do what he called “gathering pixels”. He would later ‘sculpt’ these textures, colors and landscapes into a digital image combining pixels, paint and nature though this unique approach. He would print this final piece on his large-scale printer and send it back to Mayako, who would then paint directly onto the printed piece. She explains her working method: "I trace the shapes of space and boundaries in everyday, as my body feels. When numerous senses woven together with the impressions of the reality that my mind has already known, and with the universal shapes that my kokoro longs for, another day appears on my canvas. I'm attempting to create another everyday, which seems more essential than the actual living, by painting atmospheres; emotions and actions that can't be expressed by words; nothing special, but surely existing."
After Mayako created the newly painted artwork on top of Tony’s original print, she would ship the piece to Tony in Santa Cruz, CA who would then capture a digital high-res image of the work and then re-engage the pixels to expose lost tones, colors and mood from the first iteration.
Finally, what emerged was a beautiful symphony of three pieces that complemented each other and told a story of ebb and flow. This process was replicated four times creating three iterations each of Pearl Matrix, Bright Morning, Elated Flight, and Dance of Leaves each scaling between 20" x 40" to 20" x 48". Realizing the elegant partnership of these pieces, it became clear that the iterations must stay together in full appreciation of their individual stories.
Tony and Mayako continued working on a slightly smaller scale (10" x 20") with two more pieces, Found Treasure and Nature’s Paint each having only two iterations, the original digital print from Tony, and Mayako’s brushed versions.