Artist Beverly Kleiber’s largest footprint of artistic expression is in the realm of digital and interactive art, as a pioneer at the nascent beginnings of the genre.

 

The granddaughter of celebrated American western artist Hans Kleiber, Beverly’s legacy work and newest series Zoom Hallucinations finds her once again at the bleeding edge of the digital art world.

 

Her early installations used the first computer/video technology and exhibited in art galleries and museums in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Montreal, Tokyo, and New York.

 

Decorated Franco-British art historian, technologist, cultural theorist, and curator Frank Popper discusses Kleiber’s work in his highly successful and critically acclaimed book Art in the Electronic Age. He references the artistic innovations of her interactive and digital creations.

 

Microtimes, a ground-breaking computer publication of the early digital age,  listed Kleiber as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the computer industry in 1995.

 

Steve Wilson, in his 1995 book Information Arts--Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology described Kleiber’s (aka Reiser) interactive, computer-generated works as the exploration of  “magical realism” and “new human possibilities.”

 

Kleiber served as president of Ylem/ Artists Using Science and Technology for 14 years beginning in 1985, and from 1989 to 2000 sat on the Advisory Board of Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology

 

Her other works include neon sculpture, pastels and flat glass creations, some on a grand scale. Her neon sculpture was a central feature in the old Tropicana Casino in New Jersey. Her large stained glass creations anchored a pivotal architectural firm in Oakland and several large commercial properties and homes in California's greater Bay Area.

Kleiber began her art education with BA studies with Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College, culminating in an MA from San Francisco State University.

Luc Sala interviews Beverly Kleiber

Beverly Kleiber by

Roman Verastko

 

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