Hera Gallery and Education Foundation, Jamestown Art Center and The Engine Institute, Inc., present TechnoCraft an exhibition of Rhode Island and greater New England artists who are inspired by and use technology to enhance the impact of their work. Showing the technology front and center some works blink, buzz, glow, flap, and spin. In other cases hidden, technology is the process driving the creation of the work. The exhibition a lively and provocative experience expands the boundaries of what is usually found in galleries. These artists will make you think twice about what you’ve seen and bring you back for a second look.
In undertaking this project the curators have tapped into a surging interest in the interface of art and technology. The exhibition builds on such precedents as Make Magazine, Maker Fairs, Burning Man and scores of lesser, but equally sophisticated festivals, and the work of many cutting edge individual artists, designers and engineers. As a recent ad in a mainstream magazine said, “Join the Aduino Revolution!”
Work by the following artists is featured: Suzi Ballenger, China Blue, Jenine Bressner, Laurie Carlson, Mark Esper, Beth Galston, John Kotula, Ben Knox Miller, Luke Randall, James Rutter, Cheryl Sleboda, and Shawn Wallace.
Curators include: John Kotula who is an artist member of Hera Gallery and an active member of Hera’s Board of Directors. In addition to making his own artwork, John is an arts educator and arts promoter. He has curated many shows at Hera Gallery, including, most recently, Ekphraises: Art into Poetry = Poetry into Art.
Suzi Ballenger is a weaver who works with a wide variety of non-traditional, repurposed and recycled materials. She is owner operator of Real Fibers Handwoven. She teaches weaving and her work is widely exhibited.
China Blue is an international artist who uses technology as one of the driving forces of her work. A recent body of work she created called the Firefly Projects was awarded a solo exhibition at The Newport Art Museum, honored with a 2012 RISCA Fellowship in New Genres, and nominated for the Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics. China Blue is the founder of The Engine Institute, Inc.
James Rutter is an engineer who directs the AS220Labs. The motto of the labs is “Where Art Meets Technology.” The Labs make available to the community the knowledge and equipment to produce art in a manner that would have seemed like science fiction even ten years ago: laser cutters, computer controlled routers, 3-D printers, micro computer programming, etc.
TechnoCraft was originally planned for Hera Gallery’s Main Street location in Wakefield. However, when that location closed due to development of the property for other purposes, The Jamestown Art’s Center stepped in and made their large gallery available. The two organizations and The Engine Institute, Inc., have become active partners in presenting this exhibition.
TechnoCraft is supported by a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts .
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