Thursday, September 19, 2013
4:30pm in Packard Hall
Nurit Bar-Shai: Objectivity (Detail)
In a live performance setting, BioArtist Nurit Bar-Shai and Colorado College Professor of Music Ofer Ben-Amots will collaborate with musicians to creat sound-generated topography for bacteria. During the performance, audio waves are transmitted through liquid agar medium as it solidifies. The shapes created through the sound experiments will affect the bacteria, creating different patterns that will emerge as they grow during the remainder of the Systems and Subversions exhibition.
This event is free and open to the public.
Network and Communication Systems in Nature
Friday September 20, 2013
Experimental Classroom 308, Cornerstone Arts Building
Following the artist’s talk about communication and network systems in nature, participants will experiment, growing mazes and slime mold habitats to test the slime mold’s sophisticated communication system and collective memory.
Reistration is required. $10.00 materials fee.
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Friday September 20, 2013
12:30-1:30 in Slocum Lounge in the Slocum Residence Hall
Enjoy a lunch catered by Bon Apetit and learn about network systems in BioArt.
Nurit Bar-Shai will talk about network systems in nature, including her art practices using “intelligent bacteria” with abilities of self organization and collective decision making, social insects, and slim molds.
Registration Required. $15.00
Reistration is required for BioArt Day events.
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Friday, September 13, 4:30 PM, IDEA Space
Jon Cohrs, Alviso’s Medicinal Salt Project
Featured artist Jon Cohrs and Marion Hourdequin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, consider the practices and ethics of industrial pollution and reclamation efforts.
Darkly humorous and provocative, Jon Cohrs’ Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt project simultaneously examines wastewater treatment systems and the consumer demand cycle created by the pharmaceutical industry. Most of the reclaimed water in the United States contains pharmaceutical residues from humans and livestock. Working in collaboration with Morgan Levy, a water researcher from UC Berkeley, Cohrs distills water samples and bottles the residual chemicals to create a perfect aggregate of what America is taking to heal itself. Presented through “advertisements” that evoke modern drug ads as well as 19th century “snake oil” miracle remedies, the project presents a satiric examination of the medical industrial complex, consumer behaviors, and wastewater treatment methodologies.
Jon Cohrs is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Often employing humor and absurdity, his work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues.
Tension & Transformation:
in the work of Richard Mello
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 4:30 pm in Coburn Gallery
by Richard Mello
1997, Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, 11X15″
Collection of Richard Mello
Over the course of his rich and productive career, acclaimed printmaker and painter Richard Mello (born 1928) has worked in a variety of media. While actively stretching his boundaries as and artist through continual exploration. Mello retained a distinct artistic vision the remains consistant throughout his body of work. Drawing from his archives from over fifty years artistic production, the exhibition celebrates the creative life of a master craftsman.
Curated by Interdisciplinary Arts Interns Grace Gahagan and Claire Lukeman
PRINTS WILL BE FOR SALE AT THE OPENING.
Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Colorado College Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions
902 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
September 5 — November 5, 2013
Systems & Subversions features several projects that create, examine, and/or disrupt natural and artificial systems. Featuring both high-tech, digital artworks and low-tech “DIY” inspired projects, the exhibition engages issues of audience co-creation of content, participation, and interactivity. Each piece in the exhibition either creates a system in which the audience may participate, uncovers hidden systems, or actively unravels (or hacks) pre-established systems to achieve other aims. Associated programming and events addressing issues of bio-hacking and bio-ethics and the “fair use” of DNA.
Systems & Subversions is part of Cross-Creations: Gods & Monsters, a community-wide series of arts events that explore the Gods & Monsters theme from a variety of perspectives. Visit http://www.crosscreationscollab.com for a full list of exhibitions and events.
Nurit Bar-Shai is the co-founder and Arts and Culture Program Director of Genspace NYC, a citizens-science community bio-tech laboratory in Brooklyn, NY. As an artist working with biological systems, she addresses the ethics the emerging practice of DIY biology and soft-genetic manipulation.http://www.nuritbarshai.com
Nurit Bar-Shai, Sound to Shape
Part of her larger body of work Objectivity [tentative], that explores the intersection of art science and technology, Nurit Bar-Shai’s Sound to Shape, Soundscapes installation sets up parameters wherein live microorganisms “grow images” through interaction with variable sound frequencies. The project explores the social life of bacteria by using sound waves to visualize the “chemical tweets” of microorganisms as exceptionally beautiful and rare image patterns. Sound to Shape examines biological systems of self-organization, the immense complexity within seemingly simple structures, and the process of achieving dramatically varied results with slight alterations in initial settings.
Jon Cohrs is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Often employing humor and absurdity, his work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues. http://www.splnlss.com
Jon Cohrs, Alviso’s Medicinal Salt Project
Cohrs will present a new version of Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt, a site-specific project originally created as part of the 01SJ Biennial. Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt is a unique low-dosage cocktail of our most commonly used drugs, all brought together in one simple salty remedy. Most of the U.S. water supply contains various pharmaceuticals from both humans and livestock. Working in collaboration with Morgan Levy, a water researcher from UC Berkeley, Cohrs distills and bottles the chemicals found in reclaimed water and bottles them to create a perfect aggregate of what America is taking to heal itself. Presented through “advertisements” that evoke modern drug ads as well as 19th century “snake oil” miracle remedies, the project presents a darkly humorous examination of the medical industrial complex, consumer behaviors, and wastewater treatment methodologies.
Scott Johnson is a sculptor, photographer and installation artist interested in the relationship between perceptual experience and the ways we map and understand space. Johnson is Associate Professor of Art at Colorado College. http://www.scjworks.com
Scott Johnson, Fairfax Falls
Johnson’s Systems & Subversions project examines the interaction between human behaviors/systems of belief and natural systems such as weather patterns and hive ecologies.
Graham Wakefield & Haru Ji are the creators of Artificial Nature, a trans-disciplinary research project drawing upon bio-inspired system theories and the aesthetics of computational world-making. Currently teaching Media Arts in Seoul, Korea, Wakefield and Ji are both graduates of the doctoral program in Media Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara. http://www.artificialnature.mat.ucsb.edu/home.html
Graham Wakefield and Haru Ji, Infinate Game
The artists will create a new iteration of Artificial Nature project for the exhibition. Artificial Nature is a programmed, self-sustaining, digital ecosystem that functions as an immersive environment. In each version of the project, the artists create design parameters in which virtual organisms consume, grow, metabolize, reproduce and respond to activities within an endless fluid environment. For Systems and Subversions, Ji and Wakefield will design an interactive digital island environment that allows audience members to alter how a virtual ecosystem “grows.”
Marina Zurkow crosses multiple disciplines with her practice, building animations and participatory environments that are centered on humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York. http://www.o-matic.com
Marina Zurkow, Mesocosm: Northumbria UK, courtesy of bitforms nyc
Zurkow’s Mesocosm Northumberland and Mesocosm Wink, Texas are part of an ongoing series of animated landscapes that develop and change over time in response to software-driven data inputs. The title is drawn from the field of environmental science and refers to experimental, simulated ecosystems, which allow for manipulation of the physical environment and are used for biological, community, and ecological research. Each of the works in Mesocosm is long in duration and recombines perpetually as inputs determine order, density, and interrelationships. They are looped, and have no beginning or end: every time a viewer encounters the pieces, he or she will have a different experience.
© Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
June 7, from 5:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
GOCA 121 and IDEA Space
Begin the First Friday adventure at IDEA Space from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. with the exhibition A Place Apart: Colorado and the American West, Photographs by Robert Adams. At 5:30 p.m., curator Jessica Hunter-Larsen will give a brief introduction to the exhibition, followed by a poetry reading by acclaimed poet and Colorado College professor of English, Jane Hilberry. A performance in the gallery by musicians featured in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival will conclude the program.
Then head downtown to GOCA121 next for an artist talk with Bill Starr, featured in the exhibition DOCUMENTATION, at 7:00 pm, followed by a free concert by Colorado Springs-based musician Alex Koshak. Koshak will perform as part of GOCA and COPPeR’s joint “Free First Fridays” concert series with his newest project Charioteer from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.. GOCA121 is located at 121 S. Tejon Street (Plaza of the Rockies), Suite 100.
A Place Apart: Colorado and the American West, Photographs by Robert Adams. For over forty years, Robert Adams’ photographs have celebrated the beauty of the American West, often focusing his attention on overlooked subjects and vistas: the quiet streets of small towns, the wide-open prairies of the eastern plains, or the unexpected junctures when wilderness and urban development meet. Inherent in his images is the recognition of the relentless absorption and transformation of nature by human development. The exhibition will run through June 15, 2013.
DOCUMENTATION features the work of three Colorado-based photographers – Matt Chmielarczyk, Bill Starr and Andrea Wallace – and their compelling personal narratives. Artist Bill Starr has for the past 22 years captured movement in dance, theater, performance art and most recently Colorado’s indie/electronic/folk music scene through photography. Starr’s physical and social challenges from living with acute rheumatoid arthritis since the age of nine inform how he observes and translates movement into his prolific practice. Starr’s home has served as a hub and informal artist residence for dancers, musicians, artists, and creatives of all backgrounds, giving the artist opportunity to document many “moments of intensity” through his camera lens. The exhibit is on display through June 29, 2013.
Senior Art Majors Exhibition
25 April – 14 May 2013
1-7p.m. Monday through Saturday
Opening: 25 April at 4:30 in Coburn Gallery located on the main floor of the Worner Student Center.
The Senior Art Majors Exhibition is an annual group show displaying the diverse studies of 25 seniors who will be graduating with a Studio Arts degree.
Across the Colorado College campus Senior Art Majors have been showing their works individually.
It is now time to share their works as a collective.
Artists in Alphabetical Order:
This exhibit is supported by
the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund
and the Art Department Stillman Fund for Exhibitions
March 25 – April 16, 2013
Friday, March 29 from 4:30 – 6pm
Reception and Gallery Talk by Aaron Cohick, Printer of the Colorado College Press
Free and open to the public
Structured as a reading room, this hands-on exhibition features books, broadsides, posters & other ephemera from two Colorado Springs publishers of handmade books: the NewLights Press and The Press at Colorado College. The work of both presses is focused on a critical engagement with the material word. What, how, why can a printed book or poster be in the screen age? How can an engagement with the physical processes of making texts and books revitalize our perceptions of our culture and our roles in it?
The NewLights Press is an independent publisher of experimental writing and artists’ books, concentrating on where the two can and do overlap. The Press at Colorado College, founded in 1978, is a letterpress studio dedicated to printing and publishing artists’ books, broadsides, posters and other ephemera. Aaron Cohick is behind them both—he founded the NewLights Press in Baltimore in 2000, and in 2010 he became the Printer of The Press at Colorado College.
Coburn Gallery is located in the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Avenue, on the Colorado College campus. Gallery Hours are Monday-Saturday, 1:00 – 7:00 PM.