Jeffrey Alan Scudder

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Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Jeffrey Alan Scudder (Portrait) - Malibu RDP Lecture, June 3rd, 2018.jpg File:Jeffrey_Alan_Scudder_(Portrait)_-_Malibu_RDP_Lecture,_June_3rd,_2018.jpg
Jeffrey Alan Scudder giving a lecture hosted by Matty Mo in Malibu on June 3rd, 2018.
Born (1989-01-24) January 24, 1989 (age 32)
Assonet, Massachusetts
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materRingling College of Art and Design (Painting), Yale School of Art (Sculpture)
💼 Occupation
Drawing, Performance art, Software art, Digital painting,
StyleGeometric abstraction, Paranoiac-critical method, Pareidolia
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Jeffrey Alan Scudder (born January 24, 1989) also known as Jeffrey Heart[1] or JAS is an American artist, educator, and software programmer who primarily presents his work by giving improvisational lecture performances on picture-making theory. Scudder's work includes elements of performance art, digital painting, new media art, programming, and the making of computational and conceptual instruments that define new approaches to traditional drawing and painting.[2]


Scudder was raised in Assonet, MA and attended Ringling College of Art and Design from 2007–2011 where he studied graphic design before switching to fine arts. In 2013, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale School of Art's department of Sculpture. He worked for the NYC design studio Linked by Air from 2013–2014 before beginning his career as an artist and educator, where he made the iOS app Shrub.[3] Scudder has taught courses at Parsons School of Design and UCLA Design Media Arts (DMA).


Square 48” Blackboard after Radical Digital Painting Lecture

In his work, Jeffrey Alan Scudder expands on a variety of topics including resolution, computer literacy, transmediality, drawing, abstract painting, and video gaming.[4] Since 2016 he has used the label Radical Digital Painting (inspired by Radical Computer Music) to refer to both the ideas and artifacts he presents.[5]

Through multi-media art, Scudder draws connections between the technical and abstract components of technology and forms of making, often with McLuhanesque probes such as "Drawing is the best video game"[6] or "Resolution has more to do with behavior than fidelity".[7] The artists’ performances have involved live digital painting, chalk talk, and demonstrations of homegrown software orchestrated with store-bought video game and MIDI controllers.[8]

He has been invited and given lectures and performances at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Yale University, Harvard, Oberlin College, UC Santa Barbara,[9] Temple University, Rutgers, SUNY Purchase, UMASS Dartmouth,[10] Weber State, UCLA, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics,[11] Cooper Union, AIGA[12] and in Europe at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Estonian Academy of Arts,[13] Jutland Art Academy, University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Sibelius Academy, Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Iceland Academy of the Arts,[14] Oslo National Academy of the Arts[15] and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.[16]

Scudder has collaborated with the electronic musician Goodiepal and artist Casey Reas.[17]

Meeting Mr. Kid Pix[edit]

Meeting Mr. Kid Pix

In 2019, during the Internet Archive's Artist in Residence program, Jeffrey Alan Scudder created and released the short film Meeting Mr. Kid Pix.[18] The film profiles Craig Hickman, the inventor of the Kid Pix paint software for children and was directed by Matthew Doyle.

Ten Minute Painting[edit]

Jeffrey Alan Scudder's software work entitled Ten Minute Painting, based on Eleven Minute Painting (2002) by Tan Lin, is permanently on view as part of the International Goodiepal Collection in the National Gallery of Denmark.[5]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Radical Digital Painting: Los Angeles, The Newsstand Project & CAP, Los Angeles, CA, December, 2018 - January, 2019 [19]
  • Tumpin,, Berlin, July, 2017 [20]
  • Imaginary Screenshots, Whitcher Projects, Los Angeles, CA, May - June, 2016 [21]
  • No Paint: Release One, Essex Flowers (Digital Commission), Website, April 2016 [22]
  • What do we see when we close our eyes?, SCREEN_, Email, February, 2016 [23]
  • Attn: Trap, Parallelograms, Online, 2013 [24]
  • Open Your Heart To Me, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL, October, 2008 [25]


  1. Mueller, Ellen (2018). Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles. New York: Routledge. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8153-9244-6. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. Krug, Simone (5 December 2017). "Artist Profile: Jeffrey Alan Scudder (Jeffrey Heart)". Rhizome. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. Lambert, Eleanor (4 November 2016). "Snap Back to Reality with an iOS App for Digital "Rubbings"". Vice.
  4. Jenny Danielsson (17 January 2019). "The Artword Podcast: Jeffrey Alan Scudder on Radical Digital Painting". The Art Word (Podcast).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "A Manifesto for Radical Digital Painting". Schloss–Post. 17 August 2017.
  6. "Drawing is the best videogame". 1 January 2019.
  7. Goodiepal (25 September 2018). "The Podcast Episode 1: Radical Digital Painting & Political Rock with Jeffrey Alan Scudder & Goodiepal & Pals". Arena (Podcast).
  8. "Radical Digital Painting: Fantastic Media Manipulation". Chaos Communication Congress. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  9. "An Artist's Homecoming | UCSB College of Creative Studies". 10 April 2018.
  10. "JAS, Magic Moments, Recycling and Public Art!". Center for Undisciplined Research (UMASS Dartmouth). 13 November 2017.
  11. "Explained Pictures with Jeffrey Scudder | The New School". 6 October 2016.
  12. ,"History of the Web: Part II". AIGA NY. 22 October 2015.
  14. "Schedule 2019". RAFLOST Festival. 24 May 2019.
  15. forum, Åpent (20 September 2018). "Radical Digital Painting | Åpent forum".
  16. "Hash Award 2018 | Virtual Goes Real | Part 2 | 2018-02-15 | ZKM". 15 February 2018.
  17. "Casey Reas — News". Make Room. 28 April 2018.
  18. Esfahani, Amir (22 June 2019). "The Internet Archive's 2019 Artists in Residency Exhibition". The Internet Archive.
  19. "JEFFREY ALAN SCUDDER — The Newsstand Project". 12 December 2018.
  20. "radical digital painting performance". left gallery. 29 July 2017.
  21. "Jeffrey Alan Scudder : Imaginary Screenshots — Whitcher Projects". 13 May 2017.
  22. "No Paint". Essex Flowers. April 2016.
  23. "You've Got Email (Art)". Hyperallergic. 23 February 2016.
  24. "Attn: Trap". Parallelograms. 2013.
  25. Castillenti, Reva (7 October 2008). "Open Your Heart to Me - Oct. 10, 2008". Crossley Gallery.

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