May Artists (Nicole Cohen, Dan Rule)

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Crystals - Nicole Cohen (NYC)

“Crystals” is a video art work of a room of Cabinets of Curiosity (a science room in the 18th Century in France, for exploration of the natural world).

The image of the room is scanned and looks as if you enter into it. Layered and integrated into the image are natural objects, i.e. Roses, gems, diamonds, and more, that are made in 3D animation, and float and travel through space that appear more like a dream state or meditation room.

The room is from a French interior book of a Palace in France that still exists. The contrast of natural objects to digitized ones, makes this digital art, and reveals human needs to connect with nature and even design it by mimicking it with technology. There are a lot of layers at an interplay here that alter ones reality, however makes it believable by the realism of the composition and atmospheric perspective.

NICOLE COHEN received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, La B.A.N.K Galerie in Paris, France , at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Schloss Britz in Berlin, Germany, American University Museum at Katzen Art Center in Washington D.C., Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center in the Bronx, and traveling exhibitions in Asia. She has lived in Los Angeles and in Berlin, Germany, in New York City. She lives in New Jersey and her studio is in New York City.

“Her work is positioned at the crossroads of contemporary reality, personal fantasy, and culturally constructed space. Although trained in painting and drawing, Cohen most frequently uses video as her medium, playing upon its intrinsic capacities to manipulate time, distort scale and environment, and overlay imagery. Consistently interested in engaging her audience and challenging notions of lifestyle, domesticity, celebrity, and social behavior, Cohen also uses the surveillance camera to involve her viewers in their own voyeurism. Her work projects serve as some of the most paradigmatic and successful examples.”, Getty catalogue 2009

Caves - Dan Rule (New Orleans, LA)

These landscapes are fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

The video and animation collage works are fictitious landscapes fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

Dan Rule was born in Belleville, IL in 1977. He studied printmaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (BFA) and Northern Illinois (MFA). He works primarily in drawing, prints, video and animation, often focusing on topics that are scientific and philosophical in nature. Dan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Orleans, where he teaches Printmaking, Photography and Digital media.  He has exhibited nationally and in Japan, Canada and Europe. Dan currently resides in New Orleans with his wife Kaori, son Sean and daughter Hana.  Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the International Print Center in NYC, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston TX.

April Artists (Tom Bridgman, Genna Duberstein, Scott Wiessinger )

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Luminare – 2017 – Tom Bridgman, Genna Duberstein, Scott Wiessinger

The sun is not a static ball in space. It is constantly moving, and its behavior is relevant to both art and science. Every twelve seconds, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory images the sun in ten wavelengths of invisible ultraviolet light. Each wavelength is represented in a unique color and every frame is eight times the resolution of HD video.  After an event occurs on the sun, a team of media specialists works about ten hours to create one minute of footage.

Data visualizer Tom Bridgman and multimedia producers Genna Duberstein and Scott Wiessinger at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are this team. They create media for the public about the sun and its influence on the solar system. Their content has been featured by every major news outlet, in print and online, and shown internationally. Solarium, the team’s first immersive video installation, has previously been exhibited at The American Museum of Natural History, The Center for Creative Photography, The Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baltimore’s Artscape, USD Filmatic Festival, and the GSU Window Project.

November Artists- (Tiger Chengliang Cai, Angela Lopez, Laura E. Dickey, Viviane Silvera)

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Sisyphus the Tank Pusher- Tiger Chengliang Cai (NYC/Shanghai)

Tiger Chengliang Cai is a video artist, filmmaker and photographer based in both New York City and Shanghai. He was initially trained as an art historian, but later devoting himself into fine art practice. His works include video arts, experimental films, photographs, drawings and installations. Through his artwork, Tiger focuses on topics like politics, history, city, revolution, Sci-Fi, also the boundary between dreams and reality, and more important, how individual human deals with all these challenges. His video arts and films have been frequently exhibited in museums and festivals in Asia, Europe and North America.

Cats Under The Skin – Angela Lopez (Chicago, IL)

Angela Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her work investigates the human condition through corporeal, psychological, and animal relationships. Her work explores touch as a way to try to physically grapple with what cannot be seen or touched, such as, the murky parts of ourselves that we repress.  These explorations are a way of trying to understand the visceral, the uncanny, and the self.  Lopez has exhibited her drawings, videos and sculptures in solo exhibitions at Charlotte Street Foundation (KS) and the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University (IN). In addition she has taken part of group exhibitions at art spaces across the Midwest and in South America, including the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Defibulator Gallery, and Centro de Produccion y Edicion Grafica de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University, and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute. Lopez currently teaches art at Carthage College in Kenosha. lopezangela.com

Climb- Laura E. Dickey (Spruce Head, ME)

Laura E. Dickey grew up amid conifers within the historic town of coastal Searsport Maine. She studies Art and New Media with a focus in Animation at the University of Maine at Farmington. Once she has earned her Bachelor’s degree, Laura wishes to attend Graduate School, and beyond that she hopes to find her place within the animation industry.

Laura uses her work to explore the development of meaning as it occurs through childhood, the systems and structures that manipulate that development, and the affect this development of meaning has on our perception of and interactions with the world and people around us.

See Memory – Viviane Silvera (New York, NY)

After receiving her B.S. from Tufts University in Cognitive Psychology and Political Science, Silvera went on to receive her MFA at the New York Academy of Art.

Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Edward Hopper House, the Cell Gallery and 511 Gallery and group exhibitions at Marymount California University, the Albright Knox Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, The Masur Museum and the Museo de la Cuidad – Mexico.  Her work is held in the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, Tribeca – Flashpoint Media Academy and The Ziff-Davis Corporate Collection in Hong Kong and has been written about in the Art Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and The New York Times. She received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House in 2013.

June/July Artist – Jeremy Rotsztain

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Electric Fields – Jeremy Rotsztain (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Electric Fields is a series of three software-generated animations that blend virtual worlds and abstract painting. Each animation embarks on a slow, meandering trip through an infinite world filled with colorful software-generated forms. Morphing and expanding, the gesture-like forms simultaneously appear as brush strokes and fields of digital information. Virtual cameras, cartesian perspective, parallax and atmospheric perspective elicit the sensation of floating through a painterly environment.

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April Artists – Shannon Novak, Jean-Michelle Rolland, Will Hurt

PhotographerThe UMW Media Wall artists for the month of April are Shannon Novak (New Zealand), Jean-Michelle Rolland (France), and Will Hurt (UK).

One Way In / One Way Out – Jean-Michelle Rolland (Marseille, France)
A generative animation built with Processing. 20 wormlike colored shapes draw a strange geometric network as the rebound endlessly inside the borders of the Media Wall .

Jean-Michel Rolland is a French digital artist born in 1972. He produces experimental videos, generative animations, audiovisual performances, interactive installations and VJ sets.

Myers Playground – Shannon Novak (Auckland, New Zealand)
In 1913 Arthur Thomas Myers bought the land between Greys Avenue and Queen Street and gifted this to Auckland city, New Zealand, land he developed into an inner-city park with a free kindergarten and playground. The park was named “Myers Park” in his honour. Myers transformed the neglected land into a space that supported the safety, development, and dreams of many young children. The animated work, Myers Playground, explores this playground as an incubator of ambition, imagination, and confidence, each musical note and accompanying geometric form a synesthetic rendition of a childhood memory.

Shannon Novak is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He works in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a focus on using geometric forms to explore his deep and abiding interest in the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. http://www.shannonnovak.com

Field #2 – Will Hurt (Norwich, Norfolk, UK)
One of a series. A single, simple, geometric shape, hanging in and repeated across space. At irregular intervals, in unison, each shape gracefully rotates to a new randomised orientation. Deliberate pacing foregrounds both the act of looking, and our experience of time passing, inviting us to explore a fluctuating digital space.

Will Hurt – Artist Statement
I use computers to create abstract digital spaces containing digital objects ranging from single, minimal, geometric forms to complex masses of thousands of objects. My work is resolved as generative animations, interactive apps and digital prints.

I make work to explore the nature of and relationship between digital space, digital objects and time. How does an objects sit in digital space? How does an object navigate digital space? How do multiple objects interact in digital space? Can you fill a digital space? How does a digital object differ from a physical object? How can a digital object change over time yet still be recognised as the same object?

Computers, programming and 3d graphics are central to my practice, I create work in realtime graphics engines and often show the work running in the engine rather than a recording of it. This allows me to create work that has indefinite run times and never repeats exactly, both qualities specific to the medium. As it’s not always possible to show the work live I do make screening versions for festivals, tending to create a different take for each event.

Thank you for your submissions

Submissions are closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the level of interest and quality of work that we received . Selections for the season are being finalized and all artists will be notified very soon. Submissions will reopen in the Spring.