Although my artworks span six disparate categories, including video art, the most recent one that also contains the greatest number of pieces is the BARDO series. These works take visual art to a new level by fusing photography, CGI, and video processing. Since camera, lens, and image capture remain integral to this methodology, the resulting compositions may be described as enhanced photographic art through advanced digital techniques — without the use of AI. An artist-friend who attained national recognition saw it as Twenty-First Century Art.


The BARDO project presents positive, meditative, abstract works about transcendence. Not only do these pieces attempt to elevate the spirit of the viewer, the entire process is profoundly contemplative for the artist. These archival pigment prints are comprised of high energy fractal renderings superimposed over still-framed video feedback backgrounds, often combined with aerial photography or other natural sources. Fractals are CGI visualizations of mathematical formulae that emulate repeating patterns found in nature, from river deltas to plant blossoms, to orbits: sub-atomic and astronomical. Shaping, twisting, warping and multiplying nascent geometric forms into final compositions is an art unto itself. If all of this seems overly complicated, all one needs to know is that this series was inspired by levels of being and states of consciousness rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. As you look deeper into each composition, your mind will hopefully transcend mundane concerns and, even if just for a moment, approach a deeper level.

As in nature, mathematical relationships have been innately integrated in the arts since the early cave paintings. Digital melding of the above elements opened new doors of perception for me to delve deeper into the numerical relationships hidden within imagery. Whether I apply mixed-media to surface, photograph the perfect composition, or push geometric forms beyond their limits, it's all about the final result: a visually compelling composition that will draw you in.


Art Bio

Following a career in broadcast video production where composing and editing the moving image not only demanded extensive photographic expertise but practical knowledge of all aspects of media production from audio to art direction, Jim Serbent attained complete artistic freedom through independent video art projects and digital print making with major focus on the latter. Since the early 1980s his artworks have been featured at: The Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Triton Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, D.C. Art Center, Arlington Arts Center, Faber Birren National Color Award Show, and art spaces in New York, Washington DC, Virginia and California. Video art pieces were selected for US and international film festivals: AFI, Great Lakes, Little Washington, Tokyo Lift-Off, London Lift-Off, and NY Psychedelic.