The Moberly Area Community College Graphic Arts Fine Arts Gallery is hosting an exhibit "Digital Elements" featuring the work of two artists Russell Shoemaker and Steven H. Silberg, and MACC alumnus. The exhibit is on display from Jan. 20 - Feb. 18. The opening reception will be Thursday, Jan 27 from 2- 4 pm. MACC invites the community to experience Digital Elements.
Born in Lincoln Nebraska, Russell Shoemaker currently resides in Odessa, Missouri. He spent a semester pursuing an MFA at California College of the Arts in Studio Art, before deciding to take time off in order to excavate more in studio process. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2009.
Shoemaker explains the exhibit, “My recent work stresses a difference in sums and wholes. Using a slick aggressive use of colors and chromas my work creates a space in which the depicted body and mind become passenger in aggregating, scattering, and re-accumulating spaces. The work navigates seamlessly through representation and abstraction, exhaustive painterly and reductive mark making; while mimicking the way the memory recollects and the spaces that algorithms may grow in. While ardently aware of historical painting, I am more concerned with projecting personal memory and fantasy into metaphysical and scientific philosophy; while remaining elusive so that the viewer may enter by their own personal means. Extracting the loop that happens when a viewer places themselves inside a depiction of flesh; but also in finding a crafting system that allows for failing or flourishing within the same parameters. The scientist or metaphysics as author, and theory as fact are playfully assessed questioning when theory, fact, causality of the author, and fiction intertwine.”
Shoemaker has had solo exhibitions in The Slingluff Gallery, Philadelphia PA; 2010 Earth Berth (Forthcoming) The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City MO; 2009 Counting the Hits and Forgetting the Misses Belini Gallery. Kansas City MO; 2008 Domestic Transitions H and R Block. Kansas City MO
Commercial and Group Exhibitions: 2009-10 various First Friday monthly openings The Late Show Gallery, Kansas City MO; 2009 Beyond Bounds GLOW - Annual silent auction fundraiser (Catalog) Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; 2009 Kansas City Art Institute BFA Exhibition (Catalog) H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City MO; 2009 Kansas City Art Institute BFA Exhibition â€“ Painting department Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Building, Kansas City MO
Steven H. Silberg examines and reevaluates our interaction with and understanding of data and information, and the creative potential of data loss. Stemming from his background in photography, Silberg uses the image as source material for his investigations. He has made the basis of every digital image - the pixel - his pallet.
He writes, "By reassessing the relationship between the disruptor and the organizer, degradation can be considered a constructive process; noise becomes a tool of creative expression," describing the common threads running through his work - degradation, disruption, and reorganization of the visual matrix. Through his imagery and installations, it is his goal to have the viewer become aware of the intricate process of constructing an image.
Silberg received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004 and his BFA from the University of Delaware in 1997. He has been exhibited regionally, at venues including Baltimore’s ArtScape, the University of Maryland, and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; nationally, at the University of Texas, Dallas, Missouri State University and Orange Coast College in California; and internationally at the Third Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium. He currently teaches photography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Electronic Media and Culture at MICA, and Communication Arts Technology at Anne Arundel Community College.
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