Into the Pixel, September 15

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Currently on view in the SAM Education Center Gallery

 

"The Floating Capitol, from Project Spark" Jedd Chevrier, Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

In partnership with The Entertainment Software Association and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, SAM is exhibiting selections from the official 2014 Into the Pixel collection. Created in 2004, and now in its 11th year, the annual ITP art exhibit honors video game artists who continue to push the interactive entertainment art form forward. This collection was shown for the first time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products, from June 10-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Video games are a remarkably dynamic and impactful fusion of artistry, storytelling, and creative expression,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “These works exemplify the best of our industry and we are incredibly proud of the designers and their achievements.

“Into the Pixel celebrates some of the most important contributors to our industry – the brilliant artists and their endlessly imaginative work,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

These visual storytellers help breathe life into wide-ranging ideas with a wealth of style and creativity. As these images demonstrate, the line between fine art and the artwork of interactive entertainment continues to evaporate. This year’s Into the Pixel Collection represents one of the most diverse sets of artwork ever selected by the jury, including works that are bursting with drama and energy, as well as those that are thoughtful, contemplative and still,” said Glenn Phillips, acting head, Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Getty Research Institute. “As video games continue to push into new artistic territories, video game artists are expanding and reinventing their craft, creating works that are smart, sophisticated, and surprising.

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