Jon Fordyce

Jon Fordyce (1943-)

A longtime resident of New Carlisle, Ohio, where he maintains his studio, Fordyce received a BFA from Ohio University before continuing his studies at the Dayton Art Institute and Ohio State University. A pioneer in the use of the computer as a design tool, in the 1980’ and 90’s Fordyce gained international recognition for his work on computers and sculpture. In 1990, IMAGICA, the Japanese media corporation, invited him to participate in a conference in Lyons, France. He also chaired panels at the four annual Symposiums on Small Computers in the Arts in Philadelphia (1987-90). In addition to many television interviews and press stories that enlarged his reputation as an authority on computer designed art, Fordyce wrote the cover story “Designing with Computers” for Sculpture magazine (July/August 1988) and “Pixel to Torch, Forging the Art of the 21st Century” in Atari Explorer Magazine (1990). In 1983, at the time he was developing his ideas about computer generated sculpture forms, he created for the Putnam Collection GRID-14, a large-scale, stainless steel work that he cut and welded in his own studio. It is part of a large number of his works exhibited and included in private and public collections in New York, Chicago, Florida, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More recently, Fordyce has been working on a series of outdoor kinetic stainless steel flag sculptures and on a collaborative project carving a monumental sized wood sculpture.

Work in the collection:

12 Grid-14, 1983
Stainless steel
South Campus Greens, Carleton Road Tennis Courts, [1983.3]

The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110

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