The artworks of Jim Pallas are generally interactive, performing
sculptures that depend on a combination of electronic logic and
environmental stimulation produce behaviors of movement, sound,
light, or other phenomena. He began creating responsive,
content-laden kinetic sculpture in the l960's.His pieces utilize a
wide variety of materials, include verbal and visual symbolism and
often represent creatures or personages.
He has exhibited extensively and received wide recognition and
numerous awards. His work has been selected for international
awards and exhibitions in France, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and
What the critics say.
SELECTED HONORS & EXHIBITIONS
- Game Show NYC,
Columbia University Teacher's College, NYC, 2011
- Hitch Hiking Pioneers in the Valley
of the Heart's Delight, San Jose, CA. 2006
- Polk Art and Technology Award,
Birmingham, Michigan, 2001.
- CyberArts: The Impact of Ylem:20 Years of Art Science and
Technology, San Francisco, Ca. 2001
- Cybermonde, Cite
des Arts et des Nouvelle Technologies, Montreal, Quebec,
- ARTEC '93, "Artistic Merit Prize", presented by H.I.H. Prince
Tomohito Mikasa, Nagoya City Art and Science Museum,. Japan..
- Prix Ars Electronica,
"Honorary Mention",Linz, Austria, 1992.
- Automates et Robots, Centre
et Technologie, Reims, France, 1992.
- Motor City Review, Zacateca, Mexico, l989.
- Computers and Art, Everson Museum, Syracuse, N.Y., 1987.
and IBM Gallery of Science and Art, N.Y., 1988. and
Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.
- "Canadian Worm Colony",
The Artist as a Young Machine, Ontario
Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario,Canada 1984.
- Michigan Foundation for the Arts, Creative Artist Award, l980.
- Louis Redstone Award for a Creative Approach to Sculpture,
- The Best
Awards are ones one gives oneself.
SELECT COMMISSIONED ARTWORKS
of the Artist ......
Sculptures for six zoos in the U. S. and Canada. 2008.
- Legacy of Faygel and Yishiah,
private commission, 2007
- Brochuri Putinherecus
and Cashi Stikuntongus, Detroit
Zoo, (1995 and 2000)
- Law , Library of a private law
firm in Detroit,1993
- "Go With the Flow", features displays of immiscible liquids.
Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital Kidney Center, Detroit,1990
incorporates remote control video. Lobby of Impression Five
Science Museum, Lansing,Michigan. 1990
- "Man About a Dog",
senses visitors to the men's lavatory. One23 Restaurant, Grosse
Pointe, Michigan. 1989
- "Counting Caterpillars",
Thirty-foot (10 meters) high 8 bit binary counter. Center for
Science and Industry,Columbus, Ohio, 1986
Automobile and Culture; Detroit Style, Detroit
Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1985
- "Farmer Jack", Borman
Corporation, Detroit, 1985
- "Senate Piece", Office of U.S.Senator Carl Levin,
Washington D.C., 1981
- "Century of Light",
Washington Boulevard,Detroit, 1980
- "Northcourt Tubedance",Detroit
Institute of Arts, 1978
Valley" , Ashlee Vance, Globe Pequot
Press, 2007. p. 69
- "Art of
the Electronic Age", Frank Popper, Abrams, 1994. p. 106
- "Jim Pallas",
Intercommunications,1994, Winter #7, p. 86
- "Nose Wazoo", Jim Pallas,
24, p. 83
Computers and Art", Cynthia Goodman, Abrams Company, New
York, NY, 1988, p. 144
- "The Blue Wazoo", David
Ahl, Creative Computing Magazine, Newark, New Jersey, February
1978, cover article
- "The Artistic Vision of Jim Pallas",
Diane Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Detroit Institute of Arts catalogue
- Selections on YouTube.
- "Jim Pallas: Electronic
Sculptor",1982 EMMY winning film by Marx/Handley Productions,
1992, 3 minutes
- "Three Hearts", K
Productions, 1991,3 minutes
- "Interview: Metro Arts Review", Elaine Kirshman, KMS
Productions, 1990, 54 minutes
- "Nose Wazoo", K Productions,
1990, 3 minutes
- "Profile: Good Afternoon, Detroit", Tom Locicero, Detroit,
1984, 5 minutes
- "Jim Pallas: An Interview", Dana Atchley ,Network TV,
San Francisco,1979, 30 minutes
How I went "electric"
Electricity is not a traditional medium in in the visual
arts. None of my university professors ever mentioned
it. The supposedly "hip" director of Detroit's
infamous Willis Gallery in the Cass Corridor opined to me in
1973 that art and electricity don't belong together.
Other gallerists suggested I contact Radio Shack. I'm
often asked why and how, as an artist, did I go "electric".
The links below illustrate my initial steps off the
traditional artists' path and into the trackless wilderness
of electronic art.
This initial screen above is a more or less traditional
artist's resume. but click
on number 1. below to follow my path. Notice
that there are several links to related subjects. dont
follow those if you want a coherent story of how I
got electric. After visiting each link, back track to
this page and click the next link to continue to follow the
path. When done, return to any page to
investigate the links of digressions. This website is
a web of connections. It is designed for wandering.
There are a lot of artworks between J.P.P.FB.L. (1973) and
the Senate Piece (1980), but now you know my first steps on
path I am exploring.
More self portraits
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