ELECTRIC IS THE LOVE
2011 KRANZBERG EXHIBITION SERIEs
October 29, 2011–
January 22, 2012
Curator of Exhibitions
Robin Assner / Dave Derington, Eric Hall / Christopher Ottinger / Adam Watkins / Yo_Cy: Ken Tracy + Christine Yogiaman
Laumeier presents the 2011 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, Electric is the Love, which features several artists from the St. Louis region. Electric is the Love brings together a range of practitioners, including collaborative architects, a sound artist, a super gamer and a sci-fi sculptor. Recognizing how personal devices, mobile networks and surveillance technologies unite us by creating an inexorable conduit that organizes our contemporary lives, the indoor galleries at Laumeier are 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.
SPONSORS + SUPPORTERS
Electric is the Love is supported by St. Louis County Parks, the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with additional support provided by the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund, Hostirian, the Riverfront Times and Gary Passanise. The Kranzberg Exhibition Series is generously supported by Nancy and Ken Kranzberg.
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, she received her B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University. Assner’s art has been exhibited in various solo and group shows throughout the United States.
Dave Derington earned his B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 and his M.S. in Computational Chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2002. He creates software for pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and founded the company Warfactory in 2005. Derington teaches video game-related courses at Webster University in St. Louis.
Eric Hall is a St. Louis native who has created several sound-sculptures and interactive installations for various St. Louis institutions including the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and White Flag Projects. He has composed and performed works commissioned by Washington University in St. Louis and Forest Park Community College, and recently performed John Cage’s “First Construction (In Metal)” as a solo live-sampled electro-acoustic piece with the STL Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher Ottinger earned his M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.A. in Film and Video Directing from Columbia College, Chicago. He uses various media technologies to compress and distort our sense of time and space. Ottinger is particularly interested in how we as viewers no longer engage with the world itself; instead we interface with the world through technological intermediaries. 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 his M.F.A. in 2000 from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and earned his B.F.A. from Webster University, St. Louis. Watkins' 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 past, the future, "ghosts," beings and machines. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and around the world.
Yo_Cy: Kenneth Tracy received his M.Arch. from Columbia University and his B.Des. 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 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 M.Arch. from Columbia University and her B.S. from the University of Michigan. She is an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis.