PELHAM, N.Y. – Since Jan. 23, Pelham Art Center has run the exhibit "TechNoBody," and will hold a panel discussion with the curator and artists on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Attendees will learn more about how the artists employ a diverse range of contemporary artistic tools, from cyberbodies, avatars and selfies to facial peel and simple paper and pencil. The exhibit is curated by Patricia Miranda. "TechNoBody" investigates the perceptions and experiences of the body in the technological world, engaging scientific concepts in the ambiguous language of art.
Artists Cynthia Lin and Laura Splan present the human-scaled, handmade, and the physical body through poetic mediation, reminding us of the inescapable material body.
Lin creates enormous drawings using the most fundamental materials, graphite and charcoal on paper, meticulously detailing a miniscule portion of skin at monumental scale.
Splan covers her body in cosmetic facial peel, which picks up and retains the detailed impression of texture and hairs on skin, and, shedding it like snake skin, embroiders it into deceptively delicate feminine garments.
Christopher Baker’s work examines the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Originally trained as a scientist, Baker’s artistic practice represents an uneasy balance of eager technological optimism, analytical processes, deep-rooted skepticism and intuitive engagement.
Claudia Hart adapts the forms and software normally used to create 3D shooter games. She transposes discussions about digital technology and a critique of the media through a feminist lens.
Carla Gannis’ work, “The Runaways,” is a performance video, where film of herself running in a real landscape, and her avatar recorded running in a virtual construction of a landscape, converge as operators in an ontological metanarrative.
Joyce Yu_jean Lee’s work life-sized video projections challenge the figure in space by shifting the conventional viewing perspective. The viewer standing from above watches the floor transform from a picture plane into a surface, a void, and negative space.
Victoria Vesna’s collaborative project, “Bodies INCorporated,” created in 1996 and updated for this exhibition, eerily anticipated the dark side of social networking, identity ownership and the idea of a “virtual body.”
Curator Patricia Miranda is an artist, educator and curator, using interdisciplinary projects to make connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder and director of Miranda Arts Project Space, formerly Miranda Fine Arts, in Port Chester, N.Y.
Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through Saturday.