"Hybrid Media" exhibition challenges digital, traditional art assumptions

Opening April 9 in Faulconer Gallery

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA— Artists John F. Simon, Jr. and Matthew Kluber build works that challenge assumptions about digital art in the exhibition, “Hybrid Media: John F. Simon, Jr. and Matthew Kluber,” opening Friday, April 9, in Faulconer Gallery on the Grinnell College campus.

Both artists combine traditional media with digital technology to create a hybrid visual experience. Kluber, who is associate professor of art at Grinnell, mixes light and paint in his work. He projects software-based moving images onto meticulously painted aluminum panels, transforming their colors and imparting motion and rhythm to the work.

New York artist John F. Simon, Jr. has been at the forefront of digital art since the early 1990s. His artworks house algorithm-based animations on LCD screens in elaborate wall reliefs that point to the way computers and screens have become phones, maps, calendars, and art.

Public events associated with “Hybrid Media” include:

  • Fri., April 9, 5 p.m.: Opening reception and gallery talk by Simon and art critic and writer Barbara Pollack.
  • Thurs., April 15, 7:30 p.m.: Fresh Flutes 20th anniversary concert with premiere of student commissioned work.
  • Fri., April 16, 4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion by University of Iowa graduate students on the role of hybrid media in contemporary art.
  • Sat., April 24, 1 p.m.: Community Day, with opportunities to learn more about the exhibitions; make silkscreen prints with the Moving Crew; make art with stripes, overlays, and transparencies; and make an accordion poetry book.
  • Mon., April 26, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Kluber, who will discuss the ways hybrid media impact daily life.
  • Wed., April 28, 7:45 p.m.: Open mic opportunity to read and perform original works or the works of favorite writers and composers. Co-sponsored by Burling Library.
  • Thurs., April 29, 7 p.m.: Concert of hybrid music by Talking Computron/Creme De Mentia. Co-sponsored by Student Government Association.

“Hybrid Media,” which runs through June 6, will share the Gallery for the month of April with “but here all dreams equal distance,” an exhibition of collaborative text and images by poet Terri Witek and artist Cyriaco Lopes. The text and image exhibition will culminate in a performance-based work entitled “the day you left,” weaving together poetry and video, on April 22 at 8 p.m. in the gallery.

Witek, a member of the English faculty at Stetson University, and Lopes, a member of the art and music faculty at John Jay College, will be on the Grinnell campus for a week-long residency co-sponsored by Writers@Grinnell and presented in conjunction with an upcoming Center for the Humanities symposium on space, place, and memory.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Gallery hours through June 6 are Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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