Electric is the Love
Kranzberg Exhibition Series
October 29, 2011 – January 22, 2012
Laumeier Sculpture Park presents Electric is the Love, in the ninth installment of the Kranzberg Exhibition Series which features artists from the St. Louis region. Electric is the Love will bring
together a range of practitioners: collaborative architects, a sound artist, a super gamer and a sci-fi sculptor. Recognizing how personal devices, mobile networks and surveillance technologies now unite us by creating an inexorable conduit that organizes our contemporary lives, the indoor galleries at Laumeier Sculpture Park will be transformed into a space to engage in a conversation about our attraction to digital, electric and mechanical practices and to explore the lure of interactive environments. Opening October 29, 2011 and continuing through January 22, 2012, the exhibition will include new works by Dave Derington, Eric Hall, Christopher Ottinger, Yo_Cy (Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy) and Robin Assner and Adam Watkins (who will create a didactic video collaboration).
“In this exhibition, varied queries about the merging of the physical and digital worlds are approached in unique ways, allowing the viewer to digest, interact and ultimately embrace our ever-changing world,” said Dana Turkovic, Laumeier’s Curator of Exhibitions. “In response to ongoing technological and cultural shifts, art continuously evolves, providing another medium in which to improve our capacity to adapt.”
“Electric is the Love brings a new range of sculptural practices to Laumeier,” said Marilu Knode, Laumeier’s Executive Director and the Aronson Endowed Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “While we typically think of sculpture as three-dimensional objects on the ground, these technologies suggest things as invisible as aural or online environments. These new invisible realms create psychological and conceptual spaces which are real in their own way. I’m very excited about how these technologies will connect our sense of tangible space to intangible worlds.”
Robin Assner works primarily with photography, video and installation. An Associate Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University. Assner’s art has been exhibited in various solo and group shows throughout the United States.
Dave Derington holds a Master’s Degree in Computational Chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has significant experience in computer programming and information technology. Currently, he works for Certara in St. Louis, which creates software for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In 2005, Derington founded Warfactory which has produced some of the biggest video game tournaments in the United States. Derington also teaches video game technology at Webster University in St. Louis.
Eric Hall is a composer, improviser, producer, installation artist, performer of electronic-based music, DJ and freelance music educator. Hall has performed John Cage's "First Construction (In Metal)" as a solo live-sampled electro-acoustic piece with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has created several sound-sculptures and interactive installations for the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. He has composed and performed works commissioned by Washington University in St. Louis and Forest Park Community College, St. Louis.
Christopher Ottinger earned his MFA in Studio Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA in Film and Video Directing from Columbia College Chicago. Ottinger uses various media technologies to compress and distort our sense of time and space. He is particularly interested in how we as viewers no longer engage with the world itself, instead we interface with the world through technological mediaries. His art has been exhibited in group shows around St. Louis and throughout the United States.
Adam Watkins is a St. Louis-based multimedia artist and Assistant Professor of Art at East Central College, Union, Missouri. He graduated with an MFA in 2000 from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, United Kingdom and earned his BFA from Webster University, St. Louis. His work deals with the notions of the post-pop culture that we live in, its constant re-contextualization and personal translations of Derrida's theories on ontology regarding the future, the past, "ghosts," being and machines. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and around the world.
Yo_Cy: Kenneth Tracy received his MArch from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. He is a founding partner of Yo_Cy design, based in St. Louis. Tracy was formerly a partner at both Associated Fabrication (AF) and 4-pli Design in Brooklyn. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, he has taught at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture. Christine Yogiaman earned her MArch from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. She is an assistant professor at Washington
University in St. Louis.
Exhibition Opening: October 29, 2011
4–5 PM Member Preview Reception and Artist Talk [free for members]
5–7 PM Public Reception and Gallery Talk [free]
Saturday, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
A presentation by artist Eric Hall at Beverly Pepper's Cromlech Glen on Laumeier's Nature Trail will continue Laumeier’s Campfire Chat series.
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.
A Gallery Talk with artist Dave Derington will explore the exhibition’s content and context in the Museum Galleries.
Museum hours are:Wedesday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM (Free)
Download a copy of the exhibition brochure (PDF, 2.4MB)
Visit www.virtuallaumeier.net to learn about the digital version of the Park that is being created and how you can contribute.
Electric is the Love is made possible by operating support from St. Louis County Parks, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Additional support for Electric is the Love has been provided by Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund, Hostirian, the Riverfront Times and Gary Passanise.