New Media Gallery Artist Talk
With David Bowen
ARTIST TALK – DAVID BOWEN (USA)
Friday, June 21, 6:30 – 7:00pm
We are delighted to welcome artist David Bowen who will speak on his practice and on the work in the exhibition, tele-present wind.
David Bowen (b. 1975) is an award-winning artist and educator who received his MFA from the University of Minnesota and his BFA from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work include Cohen Gallery, Brown University; Minnesota Museum of American Art in Saint Paul; Mattress Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh; l’assaut de la menuiserie in Saint-Etienne, France. His work has been included in international group exhibitions at the EDF Foundation in Paris; Azkuna Zentro in Bilbao, Spain; Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw; DOX in Prague; and Inter/Access in Toronto, among many others. Bowen’s work has been reviewed in Art F City, ArtNews, Digicult, Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Orion Magazine among others. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
David’s work in this exhibition was created in part through the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota where Bowen is Professor. The installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside. The system relays a physical representation of dynamic and fluid environmental conditions.