Shelley Eshkar is a digital artist whose research explores drawing, computer graphics, and human motion. He received his B.F.A. from the Cooper Union in 1993.
One of his primary tools is motion capture, a technology that digitally captures the movement, but not the physical likeness, of human motion. Eshkar creates new digital bodies and spaces to host these motions. The motions are radically recomposed and altered, creating a work of performance that could exist only in virtual form.
Eshkar has received awards from the New York Station Foundation for the Arts (2001), New York State Council for the Arts (2001), the Bessie Awards (2000), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (1998), Ars Electronica (1999 and 2004), and a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation (2006). He was a Lubalin Fellow at Cooper Union in 1997, and has had artist-in-residencies at MASS MoCA in 1999, at UC Irvine in 2001, at Arizona State University (2003-2005), and at Le Fresnoy—Studio National.