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E3: 2009 Into The Pixel Exhibition Picks 16 Top Works Of Art

E3: 2009 Into The Pixel Exhibition Picks 16 Top Works Of Art

June 1, 2009 | By Kris Graft, Christian Nutt

June 1, 2009 | By Kris Graft, Christian Nutt
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Jurors for the video game art exhibition Into The Pixel have selected 16 works of art from a field of 200 submissions to show at E3, including pieces from Guild Wars 2, Flower, Halo Wars and Legends of Norrath - Against the Void (pictured).

A group of nine jurors -- museum curators, video game art professionals and academics--selected the final sixteen pieces for Into The Pixel's sixth year. The exhibition is a joint effort between Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the Entertainment Software Association and the Prints & Drawings Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The pieces will be on display at this week's E3 conference in Los Angeles on June 2.

"Into The Pixel is strong evidence that videogames are an integral part of today's contemporary art scene," said Joseph Olin, president of The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "The talented artists, whose works make up the collection, demonstrate why interactive entertainment's influences are so prevalent."

This year's artwork can be found at Into The Pixel's official website as part of the 2009 winners page.


The Winners

Below you'll find a list of the winners, including the title of the piece, the artist's name, the game's title, the studio's name, and the country the piece originated from.

Snow Battle, Kekai Kotaki, Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet, U.S.

The End of the World, James Ellis, Shatter, Sidhe, New Zealand

Construction Site, Daniel Dociu, Guild Wars, ArenaNet, U.S.

Craft Cosmos, Kareem Ettouney, LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule Ltd; Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, UK

Chinese Bar, Stephane Belin, Army of Two: The 40th Day, Electronic Arts, Canada

Over Hill, Over Dale, Matt Nava, Flower, thatgamecompany, U.S.

Radiance, Nicole Cardiff, Legends of Norrath: Against the Void, Sony Online Entertainment, U.S.

Enhanced Steamsuit, Chris Dien, Legends of Norrath: Against the Void, Sony Online Entertainment, U.S.

To The Moon, Lu Yang, Rabbids Go Home, Ubisoft, U.S.

Night of The Zombidz, Guillaume Menuel, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, Ubisoft, France

Dirk Dagger Pulp, Henrik Oettersson, Dirk Dagger, Jadestone, Sweden

Landing, Corey Butler, Halo Wars, Ensemble Studios/Blur, U.S.

Drink Cart Pindown, Luc Allenet, Wanted: Weapons of Fate, Universal Interactive, U.S.

Viper Caverns (Cave Concept), David Guertin, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, Sony Computer Entertainment, U.S.

I Think You Knew My Father, Sir!, Mike McCarthy, Fable II: Downloadable Content 2, Lionhead Studios, UK

Ford Pursued, Bob Nelson, The Conduit, High Voltage, U.S.

Adding his commentary, Michael Gallagher, president of the ESA, which runs E3, said that the exhibit "elevates and supports the often artistic genius of the interactive entertainment industry."

Getty Museum's Louis Marchesano also noted, "...Every year we receive many dozens of images that could rightly qualify for a place in the top 16. From the beautifully sublime to the ironically humorous -- it's all here."


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