BLACKSBURG, VA.- The Moss Arts Center
at Virginia Tech explores the enormous and sometimes overwhelming amount of information that permeates the world with DATAFORM, an exhibition suite featuring three artists who incorporate technology-based media in their work, transforming data into three-dimensional form.
Daniel Canogar (Madrid), Yorgo Alexopoulos (Los Angeles), and Jim Campbell (San Francisco) incorporate various technologies such as electronics, LEDs (light emitting diodes), computer-generated algorithms, video, and real-time online data to deliver intriguing sculptural works steeped in color, light, movement, and a range of significant ideas.
Each artist is represented with a selection of significant works in a gallery of their own resulting in three independent but inter-related one-person art exhibitions.
DATAFORM opens with a distinguished artist talk by Canogar at 6 p.m. in the Moss Arts Centers Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located in the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. The talk will be followed by a reception on Thursday, August 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the centers Grand Lobby.
This exhibition also marks the unveiling of Surge, the centers third major public art commission for its Grand Lobby. Canogar has created a sequence of dynamic, data-fed sculptural forms specifically for the Moss Arts Centers space and was in residence for 10 days to oversee the installation of the work.
Surge encompasses thousands of flickering LED lights in moving, ever-changing, computer-generated abstract images that glide across four sinuous, ribbon-like sculptural elements. Responding in real time to incoming dataranging from environmental phenomena such as regional weather patterns, including wind speeds and temperatures, to water and pollution datathe generative visuals of Surge flow continuously across four walls.
In addition to the mural in the Grand Lobby, a collection of Canogars work will be on display in the centers Ruth C. Horton Gallery. Radiant and suffused with the energy of ever-evolving data points and imbued with rich, luminescent color and flowing abstractions, Canogars art engages with light, color, movement, and the dynamics of the data-sphere. Activated by real-time online data, the fluid and ever-changing imagery transmitted through and across Canogars sculptures is generated from different environmental and socio-political phenomena occurring around the globe, such as active volcanoes, atmospheric conditions, pollution, and stock market fluctuations.
Featured in the Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery, Jim Campbells work is luminescent yet nebulous, continuous but fleetingvisual impressions that explore the thresholds of time, memory, and perception. With degrees from MIT in both electrical engineering and mathematics, Campbell is an established and renowned pioneer and innovator in using technology to create works of art, working with custom electronics, video, film, LEDs, and computers to produce his work. He is known for his evocative low-resolution works that merge and transform video footage of moving images into data points of light.
On view in the Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery, Yorgo Alexopoulos work is a hybrid fusion of digital animation, sound, and sculpture, featuring synchronized vistas, color fields, and shifting geometric shapes that evolve, unfold, and intersect in continuous motion across high-definition LCD (liquid crystal display) screens mounted in atypical configurations.
With Conjugated Gradients: Split (2018), a 14-foot-long work included in this exhibition, Alexopoulos takes video datalandscape footage of land, sea, and sky panoramasthen edits and recombines it with digitally composed and animated sequences of geometric form and swaths of rich color.
Curated by Margo Ann Crutchfield, the Moss Arts Centers curator-at-large, DATAFORM will be on view until November 9.