WFU Art Exhibit Explores Digital Media

Eight artists will exhibit sculpture, photography, video and interactive media installations in the show, “A Common Thread: Digital Media and the Creative Process,” opening Friday, Feb. 13, at the Wake Forest University Fine Arts Galley.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 29.

An opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 will feature an 8 p.m. live multimedia performance by artists Kevin and Jennifer McCoy. A second show, “New Acquisitions to the Wake Forest University Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art,” will run concurrently in the upstairs gallery.

“Each exhibiting artist utilized digital media in a variety of ways during the creative process,” according to gallery director Victor Faccinto. “In some pieces, the digital signal represents the whole body of the work; in others it served as a creative tool. But, in all cases, it was a necessary element in the realization of the works of art selected.”

Kevin Daniel’s “Vessel” incorporates fiberglass and a video projector.

Daniel is an assistant professor of art at the University of Florida.

Mark Depman has videotaped collected objects-insects, nuts, eggs-, then digitally placed the images into a computer-generated background. “D Tityus 4.0” represents this use of digital technology.

Andrew Deutsch’s “Empty Words” is a video work based on a performance by composer John Cage. Using digital technology Deutsch translates Cage’s music into visual form through the use of a device he calls the “wobbulator” that allows sound to influence the video signal.

“Lumia Man,” a wood and metal sculpture by an artist called Flash Light, incorporates a monitor and computer with software. The artist has created works in a wide variety of media, including film, video, performance and electronic sculpture.

Chuck Genco created “Pascal’s Coin Box” from plastic, glass, metal, and electrical and mechanical parts, but used computer software to design the piece.

An interactive digital media installation called “Replay” represents the work of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.

Scott Townsend, a faculty member at the North Carolina State University School of Design, will present his digital interactive media piece, “Portrait.”

In the upstairs gallery, new additions to the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art will be displayed. Four prints, one painting and two indoor bronze sculptures are included. The pieces were purchased by representatives of the Student Union Fine Arts Committee in the spring of 1997.

Admission is free to the exhibits and opening reception. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For information, call (910) 758-5585.

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