Now in the Gallery
STEAM Series: Art in the Digital Age
Juried by Joanna Platt and Barbara Hanna
September 11 – November 3, 2017
Opening Reception Sunday September 10, 4 – 6 pm
LIST OF ARTISTS
Big Bright Monster
Samantha R. Lish
Computing pioneer Alan Kay once said; “technology is anything invented after you were born.” By that metric, many materials that have been used by artists would have been considered new technology in their day. It would not be possible to have the subtle layering of a Vermeer without the new technology of oil paints. How would Monet have painted en plein air without the collapsible paint tube? One can’t imagine the pioneering video work of Nam June Paik without the invention of the television.
Art in the Digital Age is the second in an annual STEAM-related series (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) juried art shows held at the West Windsor Arts Center that explore the relationships of each discipline with art and open up a dialog and wonder related to the ways each informs the other. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 10 from 4 – 6 pm and the exhibition runs through November 3, 2017.
The focus of “Art in the Digital Age” is to recognize the role art plays in helping us understand an increasingly complex and technological world. This exhibition asks: What are the new materials and processes of the digital age, and how do artists use them in new and improved ways? How do we visualize complex systems of data and information? How has our interaction with technology created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices? What are the metaphors we employ in order to understand more complex systems of connectivity and information distribution? Using the new materials, media, and processes of the digital age this exhibition seeks answers to these questions, or begins to ask new ones.
Joanna Platt is a Philadelphia based artist whose work deals with the ways our interaction with technology has created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ and her MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. A member of the gallery collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Joanna has exhibited her work both locally and internationally at galleries and art fairs. Most recently, she had a solo show at The Main Line Arts Center as part of the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition. She is currently employed as an adjunct professor at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ and as a sculpture technician at Independent Casting, Philadelphia, PA. www.joannaplatt.com
Barbara Hanna, Ph.D., is a technologist and entrepreneur who is passionate about fostering technology that educates, empowers and/or connects individuals. She was recently CEO of a NY-based neurotechnology startup and previously, a Program Manager for a Brain-Computer Interface research program performed at Columbia University. Prior to that, she was a Member of Technical Staff at SRI’s Center for Vision Technologies (formerly under Sarnoff Corp.), where she was Technical Lead for Medical Initiatives, and worked on real-time video exploitation algorithms and products. She holds a BEng. and MEng. from the University of Cambridge UK, and a Ph.D. in Computer Vision from the University of Surrey, UK. www.cyant.co
Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Drawing an audience from the greater Princeton area, it is a great place to sell your work. This will be an open call to Artisans.
November 6, 2017 through January 6, 2018.
Off the Wall, our annual affordable art exhibition and sale. This will be an open call for art.
January 8 through February 23, 2018.
The Faculty Student Show features new work made by WWAC teaching artists and students.
About Exhibitions at WWAC
The West Windsor Arts Center (WWAC) establishes a calendar of exhibits that draws on emerging and established local and regional artists and beyond that reflects the diverse cultural makeup of our community. The WWAC Exhibition Committee selects themes based on media, community interest, tie-ins to events and educational value.
The six exhibits we present each year focus on high artistic quality art that showcases diverse multicultural themes and genres. For each exhibit the committee selects a juror from notable regional art educators, professional artists and museum/gallery directors, who choose works consistent with their standards of excellence and our artistic selection criteria.
Criteria for selecting artwork to exhibit at WWAC:
- Competent use of media and artistic technical skill
- Artistic sensitivity and emotional impact
- Creative and innovative work to educate the public
- Wall appeal to attract the public
- Relevance to show theme (if applicable)