Any excuse to check out art, is a good excuse. It didn’t take much for my friend Dev to convince me to tag along with her and some friends to check out the Boston Cyberarts Festival which, according to the official website is, “the first and largest collaboration of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America, encompassing visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art.” One of the many stops along the way included Mobius Gallery’s reception for A Tool Is A Mirror. The gallery space is open for performances as well as curated exhibits. Mobius has a long history of providing artist space. The gallery plays host to many forms of art which include “visual, performing, and media arts into innovative live performance, video, installation and intermedia works.” I wanted to share my 3 favorite artists from the A Tool is a Mirror show ( in no particular order).
The concept behind Shelia Gallagher’s art is interesting to say the least. Combining basic drawing theory and the use of lasers and sensors that track eye moment, she was able to create pieces that reflect how the artist perceives and translates images onto a medium. What I liked about her work was that it wasn’t straight forward. It incited conversation, challenged your imagination, allowed you to interpret something simple yet abstract. Shelia chose different images of female athletes to facilitate the creation of her pieces. Identifying the sport the athlete was engaging in was the fun part about viewing her art work. Check out more of Shelia’s work at www.shegallagher.com.
Paula Hunter’s performance at Mobuis was intricate, detailed, subtle, direct, thoughtful and dynamic. Her piece began without much fanfare but concluded with a striking message and a heavy round of applause. Paula used the setting of the reception to open her piece rather subtly and slowly became the center of attention. Accompanied by live musicians, her piece was a reflection on her relationship with the cyber world and her interactions with it. Paula, a supporter of reflecting and responding to other artists work chose to incorporate other artists work into her piece. Check out her other pieces at www.paulahunterperformances.com.
Something about Dennis Hlynsky‘s piece captured my attention. Enough so that I actually managed to stand still for more than one minute. The Birds of a Feather – Flight Paths short was created by tracking the flight pattern of a flock of birds and processing the image in a way that was quite beautiful. The timing of the recording and omission of sound induced a melodramatic tone and elicited reflections of the artist’s work. The choice of projecting the recording in black and white added to the simple nature of the image.
If this is my first taste of the biannual Boston Cyberarts Festival, count me in for 2013! The artists in the A Tool is a Mirror exhibit were both innovative and creative in their artwork that engages the viewer in much more than viewing art. They managed to create beautiful pieces with a combination of smarts and talent that encouraged the visitor to think about the scientific methods that were used to create their compositions.