Eric Dyer is internationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the avant-garde of animation art. He has been a visiting artist at world-class institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA), East China Normal University (Shanghai, China), and California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles, USA). He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. His interactive animated sculptures and award-winning films have been widely exhibited at prestigious international events and venues such as the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, international animation festivals in numerous countries, the screens of Times Square in New York City, and at the Cairo and Venice Biennales. The importance of Dyer's work has also been recognized in leading academic books in the discipline of Animation Studies, including: Re- imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image (Bloomsbury); Pervasive Animation (Routledge); Animation: A World History (Routledge); The Crafty Animator: Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value (Palgrave); and A New History of Animation (Thames and Hudson). Dyer’s talk on TED.com, The Forgotten Art of the Zoetrope, communicated his art practice to the general public and has been viewed over 1.1 million times.
“By displaying the concrete machinery of illusion simultaneously driving an environmental, cinematic experience, Dyer fundamentally advances the staid practice of video installation.” George Griffin, independent animation artist and voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
“…a most unusual and very old 19th century zoetrope cyclical device using 21st Century combined techniques… places [Dyer's work] in a separate category that may have to be invented.” Bill Matthews, Head of Training, Disney Features
“Dyer's work bestrides cinema and gallery, time and technology, animation and animus, and effectively re-imagines animation through its long, lost past.” Paul Wells, Editor, Animation Practice, Process & Production Journal
Leading scholars in the field of moving image art have described Dyer's sculptures as “a whole new area of film experimentation and exploration,” and that they “breathe new life into animation as an art form.”
Dyer's work appears in these publications:
A New History of Animation
Ch. 24: Animation in the Art World
Animation: a World History,Vol. 3 Contemporary Times, p. 34
Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal #123, "Concrete Animation" by George Griffin
“Eric Dyer: Bicycling Futurist, Cinetropist, Pixellator” G. Griffin
Art Journal, 77:1
"Material Motion" pp. 71-86
Hybrid Practices in Moving Image Design, Ch. 10 "Eric Dyer: Moving Image Artist"
Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image, "Reclaiming Animation History II"
The Crafty Animator: Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value, Ch. 9 "Q&A with Eric Dyer"