C. E. B. Reas (b. 1972, United States) lives and works in Los Angeles.
His software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous
solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United
States, Europe, and Asia.
Reas' ongoing Process series explores the relationship between naturally
evolved systems and those that are synthetic. The imagery evokes
transformation, and visualizes systems in motion and at rest. Equally
embracing the qualitative human perception and the quantitative rules
that define digital culture, organic form emerges from precise
Reas 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 bachelors degree from the School
of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of
Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, REAS initiated Processing in 2001. Processing
is an open source programming language and environment for creating
images, animation, and interaction.
Reas and Fry published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual
Designers and Artists, a comprehensive introduction to programming
within the context of visual media (MIT Press, 2007). With Chandler McWilliams
and Lust, Reas edited Form+Code in Design, Art, and
Architecture (PAPress, 2010), a non-technical introduction to the
history, theory, and practice of software in the arts.