imagination was stimulated frequently by trips to Europe,
the Middle East, and the Far East, as reflected in
his drawings. His grandsons provided another source
of inspiration as in the Zepa's
of a two-year period of study of monotype technique
with Nathan Oliveira at Stanford.
"Translations" & Collages (1987-89)
pieces represent an exploration of a then-new artistic
medium -- the Amiga computer. The "Translations"
are works in other media transcribed into the computer
by techniques that give them a different and unique
character. The Collages are portions of images or a
number of separate images cut out and mounted. In this
way, Kriss evaded a major limitation of the computer
as an artistic medium -- its inability (within a limited
budget) to produce an image larger than 8-1/2"
and 11". The collages, in general, are playful
pictures (cats in various poses, for example); some
represent different interpretations of the "warrior"
theme. See also Miniatures.
multi-colored fractals are conceived from Mandelbrot's
fractal geometry. The computer graphic type images
are successive random additions of triangles, circles,
and other geometrical figures which can continue into
infinity. Kriss was very excited by fractal images
and had hoped to further develop new art forms utilizing
these scientific and mathematical applications to computer
graphics. This experimentation was cut short by his
death in September 1989.