A peculiar decades-long collaboration between two gentlemen from different centuries,
resulting in a multimedia interactive art exhibition combining historical and new media technologies to create beauty and stimulate a sense of wonder.
Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image attests that technology can be used to both create beauty and stimulate a sense of wonder. By combining historical and new media technologies to create interactive art, artist Dave Gordon achieves effects which are at once magical, beautiful and understandable.
Much of the work presented in Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image represents a peculiar decades-long collaboration between two gentlemen from different centuries, multimedia artist and educator Dave Gordon and Victorian inventor and photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Gordon continues the artistic work of “the father of film” by exploiting cutting edge technologies such as micro controllers and Hall-effect sensors to make Muybridge’s motion studies interactive in a three dimensional environment. Inspired by Muybridge’s images or wholly original, Gordon presents work in this show which lays bare the technology that all digital media uses to display images and mimic continuous motion. While beautiful and educational the work is often provocative, challenging contemporary, as well as Victorian norms.
Gordon’s work no matter the media, has its origins in notions of collage and found object sculpture. His work is profoundly multidisciplinary. Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image will include a sampling of this diverse body of work including animated sculpture, video animation, photocollage and assemblage, often in combination.
His partnership with Muybridge has been made possible by new media tools which are transforming the nature of artistic collaboration. Gordon calls this new form of digitally mediated collaborative art “iterative art” in which art is created in iterations by a succession of disconnected artists appropriating each others work. This type of collaboration has become an increasingly important phenomena of the Internet age, with artists being separated by both time and space and art evolving over many iterations. Gordon’s collaboration with Muybridge is peculiar in its intensity and striking in its
degree of temporal separation.
Gordon, who teaches at Salem State University and North Shore Community College, studied new media art at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is also the curator and creator of the Eadweard Muybridge On-line Archive (muybridge.org).
Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image will be held at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation (www.crmi.org) 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. The show will run April 22 through July 5, 2011 with an opening reception to be held Saturday, April 23 6:30-9:30p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and will include a whisky tasting sponsored by Cabin Fever Spirits. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM, for more information about the museum call 781-893-5410.
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