James Coker

Moving Images & Photography



Biography

James Coker was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1990. His studies ranged from Math, Physics and Computer Science to Literature and the English Major in Writing.  From there he traveled west to Stanford University and completed a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science in 1993. In addition to a specialty in programming language design and implementation, he began formal music studies with several courses in Computer Music and Sound Synthesis.

After moving back to the Chicago area in 1993, Coker began photography work through a series of private tutorials and workshops with Arthur Lazar. He also became an early member of a San Francisco-based startup company called jGuru, focusing on the then-new programming language called Java.

In 1998 Coker moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and soon began writing music software and working with video art. In the spring of 2003, he released a software program called Numerology, "A modular sequencer designed for real-time improvisation by performing musicians", and in 2004 participated in his first public art exhibition as part of "The Domino Effect" at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Coker has recently participated in several art shows, including Currents 2010 at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, and regular showings with Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe and at Art Miami. He recently began learning the fine art of photogravure printmaking at New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque. In January of 2011, Coker will curate a show of video art at Matrix Fine Art, also in Albuquerque.







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