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Art: Built in the Digital World

By Alan Pocaro · June 12th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
digitDerrick Woodham - Moiré Fan, 1976-2012, rendered image of illuminated 3-D model in 3-D Studio Max
This Friday, June 15, The Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery opens Built in the Digital World, a group show premised around the virtual origins of the featured artists’ work. As a card-carrying member of the neo-luddite union and proud owner of a way-past-its-prime LG flip phone, technology, especially coupled with art, makes me uncomfortable.

As the world goes all glass and stainless steel, I long for the musty odor of a well-read book and the humanity of a scratched LP. Despite my anxieties, I recognize that artists have always been on the technological vanguard. Degas was an amateur photographer, and early cinema likely played a role in Braque and Picasso’s forays into cubism. So we need not fear the ones and zeros that give rise to Kimberly Burleigh’s paintings, James Duesing’s animations, McCrystle Wood’s biomorphic forms and Derek Woodham’s elegant sculptures — we should embrace the challenge they present. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Aug. 31. Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery. 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-977-4165, westonartgallery.com.



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