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West Windsor Arts Council presents STEAM Series: [sin 'Thedik] Landscape


originally published: 08/23/2018

West Windsor Arts Council presents STEAM Series: [sin 'Thedik] Landscape

(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- Art and engineering, while seeming to exist in opposite fields of practice and study, inform each other all the time, and some would argue are at their height when created in consideration of the other. For the third in a series of annual STEAM–related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) shows, the West Windsor Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition [sin ‘Thedik] Landscape merging these disciplines from September 12 through November 2. The exhibition is curated by Stass Shpanin, Prof. of Art at Rutgers University–Camden.

[sin ‘Thedik] Landscape is a survey exhibition of American artists focused on the creation of new synthetic nature that is a by-product of daring artistic endeavors and new technological advancements. The artists include David Bruce, Elizabeth Demaray, Vita Eruhimovitz, Matt Neff, Michael Rees, Tim Rusterholz, Orkan Telhan, and Victoria Vesna. The exhibition will be on view at the art center from September 12 – November 2, 2018 with an opening reception featuring gallery talks by the artists on Saturday, October 13, from 4 - 6 pm.

For the exhibition, artists David Bruce and Tim Rusterholz have created a new site-specific installation of the digitally “digested” landscape. Recording 3-D scans of a mountain; these adventurous artists digitally process received data and fabricate a monumental physical formation printed by a robot. Artists Vita Eruhimovitz and Michael Rees work with augmented reality, visible when mobile-device screens hit the coded images inside of their artworks. Vita Eruhimovitz’s group of abstract paintings blends physical objects and digital illusions. Michael Rees’ work creates intriguing illusions of animated animals overplayed by digital prints synthesizing objects, perceptions, and reality.

Victoria Vesna, one of the leading figures in digital media art, presents her most recent project, “Noise Aquarium.” This project spotlights animated and interactive 3D-models of diverse plankton spectrum obtained with scientific imaging techniques. Artist Elizabeth Demaray is featured with her “PandoraBird” project, an interactive installation that uses computer vision and interactive software to track and then play the music choices made by wild songbirds. Orkan Telhan and Matt Neff exhibit their innovative project "The Eventual," that combines traditional screen-printing with synthetic biology. It is designed as a stand-alone microbial battery that uses bacteria to grow electricity to power up an image printed with electroluminescent inks.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 13 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

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Support for this program is provided by NRG Energy.

The West Windsor Arts Council’s mission is to provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire, and promote the arts and art appreciation for all. Founded in 2002, the West Windsor Arts Council opened the doors of the West Windsor Arts Center in 2010 in the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.

IMAGE: David Bruce, Still from the video - Land: Composition 3

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