Digital Arts Salons
Digital Arts Salons are made possible, in part, through the support of a FAB! Knight New Work Award supported by Funding Arts Broward and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation! Funding for the Coral Springs Museum of Art is provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. The Museum is also sponsored, in part, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.Digital Art Salons will be held at the Coral Springs Museum of Art at 1pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE unless otherwise noted). RSVP to attend a Digital Art Salon by calling (954) 340-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (space is limited).
Sophie Kahn (http://www.sophiekahn.net/) – June 14, 2014
Kahn’s work owes its fragmented aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media, or the digital and the analog. She combines cutting-edge technology, like 3D laser scanning and 3D printing, with ancient bronze casting techniques. She creates sculptures and videos that resemble de-constructed monuments or memorials. They engage questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body. The precise 3D scanning technology Kahn uses was never designed to capture the body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating fragmented results: a 3D “motion blur.” From these scans, she creates videos or 3D printed molds for metal or clay sculptures. The resulting objects bear the artifacts of all the digital processes they have been though. They also speak to the impossibility of ever capturing more than a trace of the past, or of a living, breathing body, despite our grandest efforts to fix it in place. This concern with the instability of memory and representation is the common thread that weaves together the ancient and futuristic aspects of my work.
Nathan Selikoff (http://nathanselikoff.com/) – July 12, 2014
Nathan Selikoff’s award-winning artwork has been exhibited and performed in galleries and venues throughout the United States and around the world, including Art Basel in Switzerland; Bridges Math Art Conferences in Portugal, Hungary, Canada and the Netherlands; the Maitland Art Center in Florida; AXIOM Gallery in Boston; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California; SIGGRAPH Art Galleries in various US cities, and the Orlando Mini Maker Faire. Recently, Selikoff was one of a small group of developers to launch apps for the new Leap Motion Controller, a futuristic 3D motion control technology for computing. His experimental art app, Beautiful Chaos, allows users to explore the curves and ripples of mathematical equations brought to life in vivid color. In 2012 and early 2013, Selikoff participated in The Corridor Project, The Creative City Project, and the Cardboard Art Festival in Orlando, installing site-specific sculptures made from recycled cardboard inspired by some of his digital works. Selikoff was born in Atlanta in 1980. He received a BFA in Computer Animation and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he resides with his wife, Amy. He is also the founder of Processing Orlando, a bi-monthly meetup for artists interested in using technology, and provides freelance graphics programming and technical direction services through his company, Digital Awakening Studios.
Karolina Sobecka (http://www.gravitytrap.com/) – September 13, 2014
Karolina Sobecka works with animation, design, interactivity, computer games and other media and formats. Her work often engages public space and explores the way we interact with the world we create. Karolina received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Calarts in Experimental Animation/Integrated Media. She has also studied and taught in the University of Washington’s Digital Arts and Experimental Media PhD program. Sobecka’s work has been shown internationally. She has received awards from, among others, NYFA, Creative Capital, Princess Grace Foundation, Rhizome, Platform International Animation Festival, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and the Japan Media Arts Festival.
Jason Krugman (http://jasonkrugman.com/) – October 18, 2014
Jason Krugman is an experienced hand working at the intersection of physical computing, fine art and lighting. He runs a boutique design firm specializing in interactive architectural LED systems and public artworks. As an artist and a designer, Krugman specializes in arranging electricity and light within 3-dimensional spaces, taking advantage of many different materials and manufacturing processes to do so. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Rhode Island School of Design and holds degrees in Economics and Interactive Media from Tufts University and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Krugman will feature his work Baskets in the upcoming salon. A sheet of 1352 LEDs is rolled into a tube and connected together at its center. The top and bottom of the tube are folded backwards and fully attached to one another other yielding the final form. The form is based on a 4-sided polygonal mesh. The mesh takes its form from the electrical requirements of the LEDs, which each require two conductors to power them and two conductors to the supply the next set of LEDs. This mesh is interesting because it can be used to create tubes and donuts, but cannot be used to make a sphere. The material cannot be folded or the wires will touch each other and short. The piece is from the Organic Electric series. It can be placed on a surface (often with the power wires penetrating the surface to remain invisible) or hung as a chandelier. Basket is made to order and can be produced at varying sizes. It can be dimmed with a standard low-voltage dimmer and comes with a brushed nickel ceiling canopy.