Fish Creek, Wis. (August 14, 2020) – Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek, reopens its Guenzel Gallery to the public with a new exhibition titled, New Media 10101: Art and Technology. The exhibition will run August 15 through September 26, 2020.
New Media 10101 features work by nine regional, national and international artists, including Dave Beck, Celia Condit, Emily Scheider Berens and Steve Stanger of Wisconsin, James Connolly of lllinois, Xaviera Lopez from Chile, Mike Lyons of Kansas, Adrien M & Claire B from France, and Jie Qi from Japan.
The exhibition focuses on artists using digital technologies in a variety of ways. Some use software made for artists and designers in the process of creating physical works of art. Emily Scheider Berens describes herself as a ‘Tra-Digital’ artist. She combines traditional drawing and printmaking techniques with digital imaging and collage processes to create the intricately detailed works on paper featured in the exhibition.
Others create art that exists in purely electronic form, utilizing online platforms, creating special software, or generating their own code. Xaviera Lōpez’s short, looping animations exist as gifs online. She originally started making them on the now defunct video sharing platform Vine.
Still more peel back the curtain on electronics; exposing the inner workings, altering components, and manipulating them to make something beautiful and unexpected. In his project RGB.VGA.VOLT, James Connolly hacks and rewires input cables in old, cathode ray tube monitors. Using an audio/visual synthesizer, he interfaces analog and digital while creating complex wave forms on the screens. He shares the code and a tutorial online so others can build on his idea.
According to PenArt’s Executive Director, Catherine Hoke “‘New Media art’ and ‘digital art’ are often used interchangeably, but New Media is best understood as an umbrella term that encompasses many narrower disciplines, including video, digital, computer, sound, interactive, bio-technical, virtual reality, installation, web, and 3-D printed art, to name a few.”
The exhibition includes opportunities to view works, like the digitally enhanced photographs of Steve Stanger, and videos by Celia Condit, as as well as hands-on interactive works like Dave Beck’s video game, and the augmented reality pop-up book by Adrien M & Claire B.
Professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at UW-Milwaukee, Celia Condit, will be giving a free lunchtime talk via Zoom on Saturday, September 19, from 12:115-1pm about her work and the art form of New Media. Condit has shown internationally in festivals, museums, and alternative spaces, and is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and Centre Georges Pompidou Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris.
The PenArt campus is open daily Monday through Saturday, 8am-5pm. Staff and exhibition information are available by calling 920.868.3455 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the exhibition and other programs can be found at www.PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org.