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October 9, 2008

Exhibition Images and Text

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The list of artists, the titles of their artworks and installation details follow.

Thank you,

Diane

The list of artists and the titles of the artwork:

Diane Willow - Air into Water

Lynn Lukkas - Looking Back, HoiAn October 1999

Ali Momeni - MAW-wall

Meng Tang - The World

TJ Barnes - river

Katinka Galanos - (In Iteration)


Installation details

All 6 works are video works

5 will be presented in the gallery.

Of these:

1 projector will project the work of
Lynn Lukkas

1 projector will project video within an interactive installation by
Diane Willow

1 projector will project a loop of the video work of 3 MFA students:
Meng Tang
TJ Barnes
Katinka Galanos

1 will be presented as outdoor projections by
Ali Momeni with Andrea Steudel.

Diane Willow

Air into Water
2008



Diane Willow

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Artist: Diane Willow

Title: Air into Water
Year: 2008

Comment:
After living at the edge of the continent of North America all of my life, I have moved to the land in the middle. I find myself thinking about the flux and flow of the sea, the mysteries that the tides bring in and carry out. Air into Water is a meditation on the permeable boundaries of atmosphere and ocean, the intermingling of two fluids, air and water,


Artist Statement:
Diane is a multi-modal artist. She invites people to engage in multi-sensory explorations as participants and choreographers rather than as viewers She is particularly interested in empathy, in the ways that we develop and transform our sense of place and how these processes are influenced by our contemporary views of nature, technology and community. Her public installations, interactive environments and evocative objects involve media as eclectic as bioluminescent plankton, embedded computers, kinetic projection screens, found sound and time-lapsed video

Currently an Assistant Professor working with new media and new genres within the Department of Art, Diane’s appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota follows a multi-year appointment as artist in residence at the MIT Media Lab.

Lynn Lukkas

Title: Looking Back, HoiAn October 1999
Year: 2008



Lynn Lukkas

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Artist: Lynn Lukkas

Title: Looking Back, HoiAn October 1999
Year: 2008

Comment:
The footage for this video installation was shot while traveling in Vietnam in 1999. Having arrived in HoiAn just ahead of a violent typhoon I found myself stranded, while rain poured unceasingly for three days and nights. I found refuge, along with other tourists, in a clean white hotel on higher ground, all the while the people of HoiAn walked, boated, motored and pedaled about me, belongings in their arms, fleeing the water. (This work is a re-edited version of an earlier work titled Oculus: HoiAn).


Artist Statement
My work is about one of our most fundamental human drives, to understand one’s self in relation to their world. This has taken me from early altered photographic images culled from Art History and popular culture that explored questions of female identity to more recent interactive and film/video work that explores human consciousness through metaphors of immersion, of space, and of time. My work explores formal and conceptual contradictions – embodying the ephemeral and the palpable, the miniature and the gigantic, the social and the intimate, presence and absence, the container and the contained, contraction and expansion, and interior and exterior. These metaphors and dichotomies form the poetic language of my work.

Lynn Lukkas is currently Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Art and the Interdisciplinary Program in Collaborative Arts.

Ali Momeni

Title: MAW-wall
Year: 2008


Ali Momeni

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Artist: Ali Momeni

Title: MAW-wall
Year: 2008

Comment:
Ali Momeni’s participation in Air and Water is comprised of abstract painting using real-time software, a gesture controller, and panoramic projections


Artist Statement:
Ali Momeni studied physics and music and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley. Amongst his creative works are a number of collaborative pieces with Robin Mandel that involve large multi-performer musical instruments using pantographs, joysticks, and rhythmic smoke rings. He has also worked on pervasive games that transform neighborhoods into playgrounds, performed his gestural instruments in large scale operas, worked with language and accents in an interactive sound installation for the Exploratorium, and put to use stethoscopes in exploring sound.

His interests are in computation and interactivity in the arts, technologically mediated social interaction, gesture-to-sound/image mappings, kinetic sculpture and data-driven search and synthesis techniques. Presently, he is particularly engaged in real-time video and large-scale projections in public spaces through his project Minneapolis Art on Wheels.

Ali Momeni is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Interdisciplinary Program in Collaborative Arts and the Department of Art.

Meng Tang

Title: The World
Year: 2008


Meng Tang

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Artist: Meng Tang

Title: The World
Year: 2008

Comment:
Contemporary art is difficult to define after the 1980’s. The general public often finds itself at odds with the perceived values of art and its institutions. While many artists have gained fame or success, this still doesn’t lead to a hoped for "cultural utopia"


Artist Statement:
In “The World?, the artist Meng Tang, expresses her feelings towards the world as she investigates particular aspects of nature and society. According to Tang, “As an artist, I am motivated to explore as many perspectives as I possibly can.? She has been experimenting with making her work visually accessible to the sometimes divergent audiences of the art field and the general public. She is interested in making her ideas comprehensible and visible to people with varied cultural perspectives.

Meng Tang is an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota where she is exploring digital arts. She pursues her work with the hope that it may offer people a sort of “cultural utopia?. Knowing that ‘cultural utopia’ has different meanings for different people, she is interested in the multiple perspectives that people will bring to her work.

Katinka Galanos

Title: (In Iteration)
Year: 2008


Katinka Galanos

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Artist: Katinka Galanos

Title: (In Iteration)
Year: 2008

Comment:
found photograph, slides, slide projector, video


Artist Statement:
With the periphery as its center, this record of a performed slide show wanders through questions posed by one found photograph.

Using photographs, objects, print media and video, Katinka Galanos explores the poetic durations of visual existence. Nodding towards iterations of thought, memory and language, her work seeks to present a levitation of the ordinary, while working through the 'thought unknown'.

"It is always much more about what isn’t said or shown, than what is.?

Katinka is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Minnesota Department of Art. She has participated in exhibitions in Minneapolis, New York, London and Beijing.

TJ Barnes

Title: river
Year: 2008


TJ Barnes

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Artist: TJ Barnes

Title: river
Year: 2008

Comment:
a video of a river in its natural state


Artist Statement:
Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Prob'ly die in a small town
Oh, those small communities
Educated in a small town
Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town
Used to daydream in that small town
Another boring romantic that's me
No I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

TJ Barnes is currently an MFA, Time and Interactivity Candidate at the University of Minnesota Department of Art.