Saturday, July 24, 2010

You Down With OPP?

Ya You Know Me!

The K Space crew is busy getting the gallery ready for our upcoming video installation show, OPP: Other People' Projections. The exhibition opens Saturday July 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features the work of John Aåsp, Christopher Lowther, John Medina, Monica Panzarino and David Politzer.

OPP: Other People’s Projections is a video installation exhibition that explores ideas of identity through self-reflexivity, pop culture, sexuality, childhood practices and touches of humor. This eclectic exhibition highlights the use of both new and old media to convey stories and ideas.

John Aåsp is a multimedia artist whose studio focus is video as past photographic practice. His work can be viewed as a hybrid image between photography and cinema as it is played on a continuous loop and highlights the bridge between old and new media. His work is exhibited internationally. John is currently Director of Visual Arts at Rockport Center fort he Arts on the Gulf Coast of Texas. He serves as co-director for the Rockport Film Festival.

Christopher Lowther considers several aspects of space — cinematic, cultural and sexual — in various digital art mediums. He is Assistant Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He teaches Video, animation, interactive design, and 3D modeling/animation. Lowther is the recipient of the prestigious College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) in recognition of his innovative use of space and video projection to reference stereotypes of masculinity in Hollywood film. Lowther's videos and installations have exhibited both nationally and internationally.

John Medina, a Corpus Christi native, is an artist, musician and storyteller. His work commonly incorporates music, performance, installation, video, sculpture and printmaking in an effort to tell stories of his own life and the experiences of those around him. His video work is an exploration of conceptualism and the video medium itself. Often times Medina will use cheap, consumer-level or found cameras and low-end or amateur editing software to create his videos. Utilizing these tools connects Medina's work to the viewer and makes reference to the phenomena of modern video culture. Currently Medina resides in Dekalb, Illinois where he is pursuing his MFA at Northern Illinois University.

Monica Panzarino is a current MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BFA from the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University in 2002. Her work is primarily in single-channel video and sound and is often created using real-time processing. She is influenced by popular culture and aims to challenge its conventions and aesthetic. Her videos have screened both nationally and internationally, most recently at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany.

Nadine Sobel currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in 2006 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work examines comfort, empathy, and what we have the ability to change. She explores this using ceramics, video, performance, found objects, and mixed media in a sculptural, installation environment.

David Politzer has recently taken a position at the University of Houston in the Photo/Digital Media department. He received his M.F.A. in Photography from Syracuse University and has. He works with mixed media as installation art and has shown his work both nationally and internationally.

OPP: Other People’s Projections is sponsored in part by: Grande Communications, Fox KUQI Television, House of Rock, Republic National Distributing Company, The Clower Company.

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