Casey Reas (a.k.a. Casey Edwin Barker Reas, C. E. B. Reas) writes software to explore conditional systems as art. Through defining emergent networks and layered instructions, he has defined a unique area of visual experience that builds upon concrete art, conceptual art, experimental animation, and drawing. While dynamic, generative software remains his core medium, work in variable media including prints, objects, installations, and performances materialize from his visual systems. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts.
Reas’ software, prints, and installations have been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia in prominent institutions such as Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA (London), New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York), NTT ICC (Tokyo), Künstlerhaus Wien, LAboral Gijon, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, Telic (Los Angeles), BANK (Los Angeles), Eyebeam (New York), CCCB (Barcelona), STUK (Leuven), National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo). Recent commissions have been awarded by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New World Symphony in Miami. Reas’ work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Casey Reas was born in 1972 in Troy, Ohio/USA. He lives and works in Los Angeles/USA. He is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelor’s degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.