November 10 – December 16, 2018
Reception Friday November 16, 6-8pm
Liz Blum, Lana Z Caplan, Rocio Delaloye, Antony Flackett, Jess Holz, Matt Kushan, Yuko Oda, Nancy Sepe, Zenovia Toloudi
Future of History is the second in a series of two exhibitions culling from the same open call to present works that pair art and technology in a thought provoking and visually engaging manner.Works that address, rather than use, technology on a conceptual level are featured as well. Future of History features work by nine artists from as far away as Pakistan to local Boston based artists. From video montage saturated with contemporary media, to uncanny landscapes imaged with a scanning electron microscope, to delicate 3D printed butterflies the works in this exhibition leverage art and technology to delve into questions about culture and the environment.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Liz Blum is a London born artist, curator, researcher and writer. She holds a BFA in painting from Loughborough University, UK and a MFA in studio art from SUNY at Albany NY.
Work has been included in exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Poland, and major US cities. Curated projects have taken place in New York and Boston along with the creation of F. L. O. A. T. (Freeing The Location Of Art Team); a freelance curatorial practice that engages and introduces audiences to pop-up exhibits that work with local communities, established galleries and art institutions. Recent writing included in On Contemplation, ELSE The Journal of International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media Transart Institute. Her work may be viewed through online registries such as Nurture Art, Pierogi Flat Files, in Brooklyn, NY, and at her website at lizcooperblum.com.
Lana Z Caplan uses the technology – digitally generated realities, landscape referent projections, historic photo processes, internet images, multi-channel or interactive installations – to comment on itself and transform its subject. Her work has an international exhibition record and has been recognized by awards at various exhibitions and festivals around the world including CROSSROADS Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Experiments in Cinema, Inside Out Art Museum Beijing. She is represented in Boston by Gallery NAGA. Caplan recently moved from NYC to the California coast for an Assistant Professor of Video and Photography position at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Rocio Delaloye is an Argentinian artist whose work examines the state of being, how that orchestrates a personality, and how that influences its place in the world around it; be it digital or analog.
By confronting questions related to the hybrid and transitional nature of identity, she explores our entanglement in the contemporary information society as well as the notion that technologies can create complex emotional connections that simultaneously have the power to bring us together and imprison us. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina. She divides her time between Providence and New York.
Antony Flackett is a Boston based video/sound/multi-media artist. His most recent video installation works have been in the form of multimedia dioramas that draw inspiration from pre-cinematic devices, early silent film and single panel political cartoons. These pieces appear to be tiny moving holograms, and create the illusion of tiny characters playing out short narratives within the three-dimensional space of a small set.
Jess Holz creates artworks which give the viewer a peek into normally invisible worlds, as well as a chance to reflect on the influence of scientific visual culture on our collective imagination. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Art+Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; previously she has worked in several labs and imaging facilities, gaining valuable technical experience with a number of microscopic imaging techniques. The discrepancy between what can be perceived by eye and what is imaged has fostered her fascination with perceptual systems along with the optical properties of materials. Jess actively exploits this in sculpture and installation.
Matt Kushan received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York City and a MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA. His photography, video, and new media artwork has been exhibited across the USA, UK, and South Asia, and he is a recent recipient of the IFTCF Emerging Artists Competition, Milan, Italy. He has collaborated on projects such as “100 Years of Alan Turing”, a coding collaboration at The University of Salford in Manchester, UK, “Rooted/Paivasta”, a public art project in the Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore, Pakistan, and Reading Between the Lines, a site-specific multimedia exhibit at the Gallow Gate, Glasgow, UK. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Fine Art Department at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.
Yuko Oda’s artwork has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 (Macao), Dumbo Arts Festival (NY), Calvin-Morris Gallery (NY), Beijing Today Art Museum, Maki Fine Arts (Tokyo), Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center (MD), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, among others. Oda’s animation, Take Off was a finalist in the international animation competition Artport: Cool Stories for When the Planet Gets Hot, and screened internationally at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, DIA Center (NY), Art Supermarket (Stockholm), Art Miami Basel (FL), Bridge Art Fair (NY), Diva Art Fair (Paris) and Scope Art Fair (Basel/NY). Oda has had artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Chashama North Residency, Goetemann Residency, and Byrdcliffe Artist Residency. Oda obtained an Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. Yuko Oda currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Nancy Sepe says “overlooked materials have the most potential.” Working primarily with found materials recycled from abandoned structures, junk shops and roadsides, she often incorporates electric light or time-based media into the pieces, many of which include lenses and glass: Sepe’s work is often looked into, rather than looked at, since through the glass is sometimes a light source, a moving image, or objects. If the work isn’t illuminated, it might be composed of subtly moving parts. The imagery in Sepe’s work references dwelling, figure, nighttime, feminine and spiritual issues. The work is curious and playful, yet has an uninhabited quality.
Zenovia Toloudi is an artist, architect, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. Her work critiques the contemporary alienation of humans from nature and sociability in architecture and in public space, and investigates spatial typologies to reestablish cohabitation, inclusion, and participation through digital, physical, and organic media. The founder of Studio Z, a creative research practice on art, architecture, and urbanism, Zenovia has exhibited internationally, including at the Biennale in Venice, the Center for Architecture, the Athens Byzantine Museum, the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Onassis Cultural Center. She has won commissions from Illuminus Boston, The Lab at Harvard, and the Leslie Center for Humanities at Dartmouth. Zenovia’s work belongs to permanent collections at Aristotle University (AUTh) and the Thracian Pinacotheca. Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, and MAS Context. Zenovia is the recipient of The Class of 1962 Fellowship. She was a Public Voices Fellow; a Research Fellow at Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT; and a Fulbright Fellow. Zenovia received her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard’s GSD (2011), a Master of Architecture degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2006), and in 2003, she graduated from the AUTh in Architectural Engineering.