Visual Arts adds new spaces, exhibits work from four national intermedia artists

Aug. 30, 2017—DENTON—The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University has announced the completion of a new digital research studio, as well as a multipurpose project space, located in the Visual Arts Building on TWU’s Denton campus. The fall semester also kicks off with the opening of The End and The Beginning, an intermedia exhibition featuring the work of four national artists, on display until Oct. 15, 2017 in TWU’s East | West Galleries

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The Digital Craft Research Studio, located on the third floor of the Visual Arts Building, intends to bridge new technologies with traditional materials and approaches for art-making. The space was developed under the supervision of Colby Parsons, associate professor of visual arts, and Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, professor and chair of visual arts at TWU. 

A new project space also has been added to the basement of the Visual Arts Building, where extra-curricular activities, including performances, club meetings, presentations, temporary installations, community workshops and pop-up art exhibitions will take place.

Opening Sept. 2, 2017, The End and The Beginning will feature work by Morehshin Allahyari, Martin Back, Sean Miller and Jenny Vogel. The exhibition is part of an ongoing dialogue about the intersections of humanity, technology, spirituality, and the possibility of magic and mythos amidst chaos.

Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator, occasional curator, and the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Allahyari’s work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives struggles in the 21st century. Allahyari is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke. She is currently in residence at Eyebeam in New York City.

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Martin Back is a sound artist, performer, video artist and educator. He has created work in a variety of media and disciplines, including works for live cinema, mixed media sculpture, sound installation, electroacoustic music and single and multi-channel video. Much of his work has been informed by Cybernetics and systems-thinking, although recently his activities have come to incorporate ideas which arise from spiritual philosophy and an interest in resurrecting and continuing styles and practices from media art and experimental music history. He is a Senior Lecturer in New Media at the University of North Texas.

Sean Miller is an artist working with video, sculpture, installation, live media, performance, and sound art. His work is the result of a synthesis of media, which focuses on themes of embodiment, synesthetic relationships, and living geology. Miller and Lily Taylor comprise the live video/drone performance group Locations. Miller also collaborates with Taylor by providing live visual accompaniment to her solo musical performances. He holds a BA in Intermedia Art from the College of Santa Fe (2004) and an MFA from the University of North Texas (2014). He currently teaches at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.

Jenny Vogel works in video, photography and computer arts. Vogel’s art explores the world as viewed through new media technology using web-cameras, blogs and Google searches as source material. She received her MFA from Hunter College (NYC) in 2003. She is a 2005 NYFA fellow in Computer Arts and is currently Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of Massachusetts. Her work has been screened and exhibited in group and solo- shows in numerous locations and galleries: Storefront Gallery, NYC; The Dallas Museum of Art, TX; McKinney Contemporary, TX; San Francisco Camerawork, CA; Arnolfini, UK; The Siberia Biennial, Russia; The Swiss Institute, NYC; EFA Gallery, NYC; Kunstwerke, Berlin; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.

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