YUANYUAN ZHANG
2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition     Electronic Integrated Arts
April 15th - 18th


Nerve Impulses
See You When I See You
Digital Print on Museum Etching
44 x 88"
2016

Nerve systems play an essential role in our thinking, innovation, expression, arrangement, and movement. It collects the information from the outside world and replies by many different methods. The eyes, mouth, nose, ears, hands, feet and other parts of the human body work as input and output. Body parts are controlled by nerve systems to act or to react. When it comes to nerve impulses, they are known as electrical signals that travel along an axon. These waves of electrical activity can code information then issue orders to the body, which has various speeds in the process. From my perspective, “Nerve impulses” carries the sense of actuation, indulging, and madness but along with enthusiasm, creativity, and courage. What’s more, It is my very beginning of my every artwork. Gratefully and excitedly, I am waiting for a flash of inspiration to hit me at any time. There are similar scenes to the motions of nerves electrical waves while I am doing my art projects via the digital process. I give the order to the computer, and simultaneously it decodes the input to present something I want to see. Most of my artworks I made involved in the process of computing. Videos and digital prints, what a coincidence? They marvelously embrace the nerve impulses and the digital coding waves in a thoughtful way.

神經系統在我們的思維、創新、表達、組織和運動中起著至關重要的作用。它收集來自外部世界的信息,並通過多種不同的方法進行回复。眼睛、嘴巴、鼻子、耳朵、手、腳等人體部位可作為其輸入和輸出。身體部位由神經系統控製作用或反應。當涉及到神經衝動,他們被稱為電信號沿軸突。這些電活動波在過程中以不同的速度可以編碼信息,向身體發出指令。從我的角度來看,“神經衝動”攜帶的衝動,放縱和瘋狂的感覺,但隨著熱情,創造力和勇氣。更重要的是,這是我每一件藝術品的開始。我隨時感激並激動地等待一個閃耀的靈感出現在我腦海裡。當我正在做通過數碼實現的藝術項目的時候,我感覺這就類似於神經電波的運動。我把命令給計算機,同時輸入並解碼,呈現出我想要看到的東西。我的大部分作品都涉及到了數碼編輯的過程。這是一個巧合嗎?對於視頻和數字打印。他們不可思議地和神經衝動,數字編碼擁抱在一起。


Redemption II
360° VR video
2017


How to deal with my wandering mind and the childhood leftover? Can the congenital impulses offer help? It seems that I am able to sense the flow of energy, the communication of thoughts and the unexpectedness of touch within my body, provided that it is my unknown impulses. These pulses can be triggered at any moment consciously and unconsciously. On the one hand, they are my cells, which possess some latent memories from the sperm and egg, here they are supposed to be deliberate and sensitive like they were from many hundred years ago. On the other hand, this is a live video looping that does not obey the regulation of 100% repetition and time controls. I wish it were a never-ending story. As a naughty child, Barbie dolls, mini cars as well as kites are my valuable childhood properties, at least I used to think so. They opened a new door for me to walk in and hence, I got an entirely different view of the world. Since I was not only able to choose the distinct color and texture of the clothes for my slim Barbies, I also knew how to power my mini cars to be dynamic. I made my kites fly higher than me, since I want to be a kite runner and a dream hunter. These toys triggered the impetus to my art creation. Childhood is now far away from me, but it left the impulses and memories that light up my world. I wonder, didn’t all these childhood goods and related experiences develop into an ambiguous artistic book for a beginner finally?

如何處理我流浪的心靈和童年的殘餘?先天沖動能提供幫助嗎?假設這是我的未知的衝動,我好似能感覺到能量的流動,思想的交流和在我的身體以外的接觸。這些脈衝隨時都有意識或是無意識地觸發。一方面,它們是我的細胞,擁有一些來自精子和卵子的潛在記憶。因此它們應該是就像幾百年前一樣深思熟慮和敏感。另一方面,這是一個不符合100%重複和時間控制的實時視頻循環。我希望這是一個永不完結的故事。作為一個淘氣的小孩,至少我以前這麼認為芭比娃娃,迷你車和風箏是我寶貴的童年財產。他們為我打開了一扇新的大門,因此我對世界有了完全不同的看法。因為我不僅能夠為玩具娃娃選擇不同顏色和質地的衣服,也知道如何使得我的迷你車動起來。我讓我的風箏飛得比我高,因為我想成為一個追逐風箏的人和一個夢想的獵者。這些玩具激發了我藝術創作的動力。
目前童年雖然離我很遠,但它留下的神經衝動和回憶照亮了我的世界。我想知道,難道這些童年的實物和相關的經驗最終沒有發展成一本初學者的藝術書嗎?

Video Projection Performance
2017


“I went to see a psychiatrist. He said, “Tell me everything.” I did, and now he’s doing my act.”---Matthew Barney

“我去看精神科醫生。他說:“把一切都告訴我,”我做了,現在他在做我的事。”
--馬修·巴尼

Robert C. Turner Gallery
TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery
School of Art and Design
NYSCC at Alfred University
2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802

Opening Reception: Saturday • April 15th • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Performance: Saturday • April 15th 7:20pm & 8:20pm

Gallery Hours : 
Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 5pm
Saturday: 12pm - 2pm


Yu Xin - Mutualism 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition Electronic Integrated Arts

YU XIN
2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition   Electronic Integrated Arts
April 8 - April 11, 2017

Mutualism

Mutualism Series #08
Digital Print on Museum Etching
44 x 32"
2017


Mutualism is a very important concept which is explored through my works. In this exploration of Mutualism, there are many concepts discussed and discovered, such as animism, primitive religion and fetishism (the fetishism is not in reference to Freud’s theory about fetishism). 

共生主义是我想通过我的作品想探索和探讨的一个问题。在完成创作的过程中,我发现了许多令我格外着迷的概念和联系,例如:万物有灵论、原始宗教中的自然崇拜以及移情论。

Mutualism
4K Video
2017

In daily life, I am inexplicably interested in some strange non-human creatures. A possible explanation for such an eccentricity, is that identified with fetishism. Accordingly,  I’m trying to search for an explanation that could explain my “eccentricity”. By connecting with the animality inside myself,  whenever I look at non-human creatures, I transferred myself into that animal. This state blurred the boundary between animal and human. The relationship becomes ambiguous. The consequence is that I’m instinctively fascinated by other creatures from the natural world. Through this process, an innate understanding of these life forms evolves.

在日常生活中,我会莫名的对一些奇怪的事物感兴趣,比如干枯的树枝、树叶等等。对于我来说,它们都呈现了一种生命形态的转变,因此我试图寻找一个解释,解释我的怪癖。通过连接与我自身的动物性,在我看到一样人类以外的生物时,我都将自身体验转移到它的身上。这种方式使得动物和人类之间的界限模糊,关系变得暧昧。这使我本能地着迷于其他自然界的生物。通过这个过程,我增进了对这些生命形式自然性的理解。

Coral
62 x 44"
Digital Print on Museum Etching
2017

Seahorse
24 x 48"
Digital Print on Museum Etching
2017
My process evolves a rethinking of nature and society, investigating natural landscape and unnatural landscape, questioning our environment and what is natural and unnatural. These questions maybe will not have all the answers. However answers are not the most important things for me. The most important thing is the experience of the intimate relationship between myself and small living creatures that I working with. Through doing these works, there is an amplification of self perception and awareness.

我试图理解自然和社会与的关系,探讨自然造物和非自然造物的区别,究竟自然非自然的界限在何处。这些问题也许不会全部得到答案。因为此时此刻答案仿佛不是最重要的,重要的是我和我的创作对象——生物之间的密切关系。通过做这些创作,我获得了自我知觉和意识的放大。

Untitled
 4K Video 01:30 Loop
2016

Robert C. Turner Gallery
School of Art and Design
NYSCC at Alfred University
2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802

Opening Reception: Saturday • April 8th • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Gallery Hours : 
Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 5pm
Saturday: 12pm - 2pm

Cahaba River Watershed Project First Prints


Cahaba River Watershed Project

First Lasercut Drypoint Prints



Scott Stephens helping Elisabeth Pellathy pull their first proof

Scott and Elisabeth discussing the line quality of the lasercut drypoint print

Cahaba River Watershed Project - A look at the natural environment and human activity

Cahaba River Watershed Project
A look at the natural environment and human activity

Panel Discussion with Scott Stephens
Elisabeth Pellathy and Lee Somers

March 30th Thursday 5:00pm

Scott Stephens

Printmaker and Professor of Art

University of Montevallo, Alabama
www.theatchisongallery.com/scott-stephens 



Elisabeth Pellathy 

Artist and Professor of New Media
University of Alabama, Birmingham
www.mothandmountain.com 



Lee Somers 

Artist and Professor of ree Dimensional Design
University of Montevallo, Alabama
www.montevallo.edu/sta -bio/lee-somers 








Presentation by Harland Snodgrass & Dedication of TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery

Presentation by Harland Snodgrass
Professor Emeritus of Time Media Arts
&
Dedication of TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery

March 15th 2017

Harland Snodgrass
Professor Emeritus of Time Media Arts

Glenn Zweygardt (sculpture, 1969 to 2007), Harland Snodgrass (painting and video, 1969 to 1985), and Mario Prisco (pictured in the projected image to Harland's right, painting and former dean of the School of Art and Design and for some reason I can not find his date span anywhere), Andrew Deutsch, current faculty of sonic arts
Dean Gerar Edizel is giving a opening talk of Harland's presentation
Professor Andrew Deutsch is giving a talk during Harland's presentation

Professor Peer Bode is giving a talk during Harland's presentation
Glenn Zweygardt, Harland Snodgrass and the crowds
Harland Snodgrass and Kathleen O'Connor Benzaquin

Three wides video wall of TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery

Two ups video wall of TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery
/ Photos by Aodi Liang and Devin Henry /

•••• 2017 EIA Midterm Critique ••••

2017 EIA Midterm Critique
on Mar.1st

Good works Guys

There were 4 first-year grads showing their works in the critique:
Matthew Underwood, Yueyuan Gong, Jiayi Wang, Lauren Canella



Matthew Underwood
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Yueyuan Gong
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Jiayi Wang
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Lauren Canella
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Give it up to all the amazing grads with all the amazing works !

Thanks for the attendance of all the students and faculties

Have a nice holiday !

(•photo by Aodi Liang•)

IEA artist Elisabeth Pellathy has a new article in Ernest Magazine

Elisabeth Pellathy will be an IEA resident March 26th-April 1st as part of the Cahaba River Watershed Project. 


Drawing inspiration from 18th-century collectors, Elisabeth Pellathy's latest work explores themes of conservation and preservation. Recently showcased at the ONCA Gallery in Brighton, Visualised Bird Song explores an innovative method of preserving sounds disappearing from our natural world. Matt Iredale caught up with Elisabeth Pellathy to talk translation.


Visualized Bird Song 3D Print
Cahaba River Watershed Project
A look at the natural environment and human activity.
March 26 - April 1st 
Panel Talk with Artists - March 30th 5:00 - Holmes Auditorium
The Cahaba River Watershed Project is the collaborative project of printmaker Scott Stephens, new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, and sculptor Lee Somers. Their week-long residency will explore the use of the laser cutter as an integral part of relief and intaglio print processes.
The Cahaba River Watershed Project is an investigation of the natural environment and how it has shaped and is shaped by human activity. The Cahaba River is a 200-mile free owing river in Alabama with some of the greatest biodiversity and scenic beauty in the South. It rises near Birmingham and flows southwest to the Alabama River just south of Selma. As it passes through Montevallo’s Shelby County it is fed by the Little Cahaba watershed that rises in Ebenezer Swamp, an ecological preserve and research center of the University of Montevallo.
The three themes of interest around the Cahaba River are the natural environment, the human history, from Civil War to Civil Rights, and its ecological and geological features, containing natural resources that are used for economic activity, especially the coal, limestone and iron ore mining that was the foundation of the early iron industry in the area.