University Art Gallery presents...

Derek Larson
Hye Yeon Nam
S.L. Clark and
Sonya Belakhlef of Babycastles

January 29 - February 27, 2015

Artist Talk: Thursday, January 29, 4-5pm, Colusa Hall 100B
Reception to follow at the University Art Gallery, Trinity Hall 100

Art + Tech features technology-based art works that engage audiences through integrated forms of video production, interactive technology, and gaming media. Part sculpture, part video, part game experience, these hybrid works generate tactile connections between viewers and artwork.

Derek Larson combines digital media with painting, lights, motors, and projected animations on freestanding screens. Through this constellation of artworks Larson addresses how technology has changed our ways of seeing. Are our ever-present screens and videos luring us into an extended state of passive hypnosis, or perhaps more optimistically, do they allow a more expansive mode of learning, contemplation, and meditation? Larson has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies, with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York),
Union South Gallery 1308 (Madison), May Gallery (New Orleans) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia).  He is the director of 4D Studies and assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and lives and works in Statesboro, Georgia.

Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working in performance video, experimental interaction design and games, and robotics installations. Nam highlights the complexity of social interaction by interpreting everyday behaviors in performative ways. Her robotic sculpture, Please Smile, included in this exhibition, uses facial recognition software to determine the sculpture’s kinetic movements based on the behavior of the viewer. Nam’s work has been featured in The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, Times Square, Eyebeam, New York, the D.U.M.B.O. Art Festival, the Lab in San Francisco, among many other institutions and has been included in festivals in China, Istanbul, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland. Nam currently teaches at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Babycastles is an international arts organization dedicated to curating interactive exhibitions of contemporary independent video games. For Art +Tech, Babycastles artists Stephen Lawrence Clark and Sonya Belakhlef are collaborating on a new game installation that features a rhythm/music-based 3-player racing game. Creating an interactive arcade-like environment, the work includes hand-built pinatas containing accelerometers that will be set off by bumping or knocking into them. 

Clark holds an MFA in Game Design from NYU Tisch School of Art, and has been designing games since 2012. Sonya Belakhlef is a multi-media artist enrolled at CUNY. Her interests lie in ephemeral, interactive spaces and nail art as a means of sculpture.
Curated by Nanhee Kim, Assistant Professor, Communication Design in collaboration with University Art Gallery Interim Curator, Cameron Kelly and Director, Kelly Lindner. This exhibition is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works.  Accommodations for the artists are generously provided by Amanda Riner, and Ken & Ellen Karasinski, Materials for the Babycastles project are provided by Cozy Beds, Chico.
University Art Gallery
 Department of Art & Art History, California State University, Chico

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