Bill Rabinovitch was working on the discovery of quasars, when he decided to leave science to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. This eventually led him to create digital art. Quat Gallery offered to exhibit his digital work in the Metaverse, and provide him with a virtual studio in which to work. Rabinovitch takes the form of an avatar in order to enter the Metaverse and consider their offer.
|He checks out his exhibition space in the gallery, "I can run one of my videos on this media screen, but which one?"|
|"Should I run my award winning video 'Picasso and the Weeping Women'?"|
|"Or my video of Ushio Shinohara's painting battle with Hyoga Katsuma, or my paint battle with Schnabel?"|
|"Or the reel of selected segments from 10 years of my cable TV show where I interviewed art stars, such as Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist, and which was featured in a retrospective of my work in the MoMA Cineprobe series?"|
|"Or maybe the trailer from my feature video, 'Pollock Squared' which starred Barnaby Ruhe, Dennis Oppenheim and Arthur Danto playing Jackson?"|
|"The trailer is short, so better suited to a gallery setting like this, where people don't sit to watch a feature."|
|"A great colorful moment for me was 2002 when I was videoing the opening of Apple's then Flagship store in SOHO. I asked Steve Jobs if he would do a cameo as Jackson Pollock, in my Pollocksquared Indie. I'm glad I got that on tape, or people might not believe me. I thought to ask him because of his statements about Mavericks."|
|"Jobs had said, 'Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.'"|
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