Paul Ackerman, media artist with professional backgrounds in Graphical User Interface Design, Graphic Design, 2/3D Illustration, Video pre/post production, Dance Theater, multimedia, Drawing, Motion Graphics, Sculpture, Painting and Photography. B.F.A. in Drawing and Photography from California College of Arts(CCA) in Oakland, CA.
Three years after graduation, his extensive experience as a cross-over media artist hand manipulated media (etched/burned photo/graphic arts film) formatted for slide projectors illuminating movement. Professionally he was a bio-medical illustrator for college text books in San Francisco plus a designer at Kaiser in the late 70’s.
Illustrations via silver point drawings of crumpled paper were some of my first cubist experiments. In international competitions, received high praise and always placed in ranking. Several were lost by UPS, so I switched to another smaller and portable media, “film.” Experiments started with hot needles, dental tools and retouching knifes in a semi-e brush technique of controlling the flow when drawing on film. Old school techniques of hand-manipulated & painted film media. Scripted for multiple projectors staged in collaboration with professional choreographers for “body projection mapping” onto ballet, gogo, pole, burlesque dancers, acrobats and aerialist. Content of pattern/texture motifs range from mystical, astrological, tribal, computer forms, numbers, text, crop circles designs to Kabbalah and sacred geometry.
Professionally he worked at Microsoft in Redmond starting in 1984 with illustrations and production for the MAC book. Then in the 90’s as a graphic designer, illustrator, manager and GUI designer for many software titles.
In the San Francisco Bay area, Art + Movement + Technology at CODAME ’15, the Palace of Fine Arts, Project Artaud, Vorpal Gallery, Oakland Civic Auditorium, Stanford University, College of Marin CA, San Francisco Dance Theater, The Japan Center, and The Intersection in North Beach. In Seattle, Seattle Center’s ArtsEdge97, Fremont Arts Council, Best of Choreography Etc., On The Boards, Broadway Performance Hall, Spectrum Dance Theater, Arts in Residence Bellevue, light shows for various bands plus various corporate theaters.
In Las Vegas, NV, there were many collaborations with aerialist, pole, burlesque, ballet dancers, plus acrobats and DJ’s. Staged shows at many Vegas conventions, clubs and special events.