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Meet Andy Fedak

Animator Blends Fine Art and Film in His Work and Teaching

May 16, 2014


Animator Andy Fedak joined the Art Department this fall as an assistant professor of art.

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Art faculty member and animator Andy Fedak blends both fine art and film in his work and his teaching — blurring the line between contemporary art and the Hollywood blockbuster.

"I'm a 3D generalist and have a broad understanding of the medium with a background in both fine art and film, thus my work is a bit of both," explained Fedak, whose areas of expertise include 3D animation and visual effects.

"This offers me access to techniques and methods that are specific to each, so I can pick and choose what I feel is the best method for the current project. I've become somewhat of a specialist of extracting high-end techniques from Hollywood productions and adopting them for my art practice and teaching."

Fedak, who joined Cal State Fullerton in the fall as an assistant professor of art, called 3D animation one of the most exciting areas to teach, as well as to create art, because the medium is on the cutting-edge and constantly evolving.

"We live in a time of incredibly fast computers, allowing artists to be more creative and iterative. Because of this, more films can be made that are creative and transgressive, and take chances.

"Visual effects is the integration of these same methods into the live action, and thus, it extends this expansion of creativity even more. You add games to this mix, and you really are talking creative!"

Fedak earned his bachelor of fine arts from New York University and his master of fine arts from the University of California, Irvine. His work, which deals with subject matter of social unrest and anarchist utopias, has been showcased across the globe, including the Ottawa International Animation Festival in Canada and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, as well as locally at Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach and LAXART in Los Angeles.

He also is the recipient of a 2013 Art Matters Foundation grant, awarded to artists who are working on socially engaged projects with a local, national and/or global focus. Fedak's $7,500 grant award will go toward furthering his work in digital imaging and art practice.

This academic year, Fedak has taught classes in 3D computer animation and 3D digital imaging, where he enjoys teaching students about the latest techniques in animation.

What he enjoys most about teaching is fostering his students' passion, creativity and resourcefulness: "I'm always amazed with what they do with the techniques I teach them."

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