July 20 – August 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, July 20, 6 – 8pm
WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Atmospheric Front, an immersive installation at Flashpoint Gallery by artists Hana Kim and Shana Kim. The sisters merge the handmade with the technological to generate an environmental experience composed of large hand-knit textiles, wooden pulleys, motors and micro-controllers. Suspended textile canopies are activated by the presence of the gallery visitor, triggering motion through a network of knitted twine. The texture and movement of the piece reference natural systems as handmade textiles stretch and expand overhead.
The artists explain:”A hybrid organism of code and cloth, both natural and synthetic materials combine in Atmospheric Front to engage and transform the interior experience of Flashpoint Gallery. Hand-knit skins respond to multi-sensor inputs – activating motion through a network of connective threads that sweep along walls into a sensing armature of pulleys, motors and microcontrollers. Sensors respond to the presence of the gallery occupant, initiating a cascade of movement throughout the installation.”
The artists were inspired by the collaborations between Robert Rauschenberg and the Bell Labs engineer, Billy Klüver and their Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.), a nonprofit established to foster interaction between engineers and artists. In the spirit of Rauschenberg and Klüver’s work, the sisters applied their backgrounds in architecture, visual art, digital media and design to the project while drawing upon open-source code and collaborations with HacDC, a local hackerspace and community organization “devoted to the creative use of technology.”
Atmospheric Front connects electronics, technology and the handmade. The artists explain, “We seek to fold together an art process with the technologies of our time.” By juxtaposing the disparate realms of electronics and handmade textiles, Atmospheric Front provides a context for the experience of a unique environment that changes with each viewer.
For more information on the artists and their creative process please visit their blog.
This exhibition is generously supported by Beverly and Christopher With.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, July 20 from 6-8pm. Hana Kim and Shana Kim will be giving a talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center on July 22 at 1:30pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Hana Kim is an interdisciplinary designer and artist based in Washington, DC. She has shown her work regionally and abroad, most recently with Chroma Projects in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to residing in the greater Washington, DC area, she taught undergraduate architecture and studio art courses internationally as a lecturer with the University of Virginia. Kim received her M.Arch from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Her work is in a number of public and private collections.
Shana Kim is a multimedia artist based in Virginia. She holds a BFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Communication Arts and Design. Having experimented extensively with video and animation, Kim turned her focus to the intangible qualities of digital media in 2006, beginning work in immersive installation art. In the past, her work has been screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has contributed to award-winning productions in the television industry as a coordinating producer of animation and visual effects.
ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists. Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously supported by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Washington Post Company and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2011-12 Wine Partner. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint’s 2011-12 Hotel Partner.
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 20, 6-8pm
Exhibition: July 20 – August 18, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
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