Nate Boyce is a San Francisco-based moving image maker and sculptor whose work explores tensions between two and three dimensions. Weaving together rhythmic permutations of analog video synthesis, 3D animation, and formal object-hood, his works engage cognitive, perceptual and representational thresholds. Boyce amplifies tensions between motion and stasis, depth and flatness, pictorial illusion and material reflexivity, as well as compositional tensions within the frame. Boyce is represented by Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco and has been a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and was an SFMOMA SECA award finalist.
In 2010, Boyce took up residence in the Palace of Fine Arts optics studio, a small workshop space once-devoted to analogue optical experiments, now largely a storage space for antiquated equipment. Using a surveillance camera, video monitor, prisms, mirrors, filters, and green screen, Boyce created visual feedback loops he then inserted into his computer-rendered 3D environments. We exhibited his fascinating experiments at our After Dark: Extended Cinemas program in May, 2011.