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Joseloff Gallery Announces Inaugural Kohn Joseloff Guest Curator Exhibition Titled +/-
Curated by George Fifield, Opening September 8, 2015

Exhibition showcases new technologies in sculpture, with works by Sophia Brueckner, Dan Collins,
Katie Davies, Sophie Kahn, Denise Marika, Michael Mittelman, Jonathan Monaghan, Michael Rees, and John Slepian

The Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School announces +/- (Plus/Minus), an exhibition of contemporary sculpture and video featuring the work of nine artists who have embraced digital technologies, exploring the myriad ways it could enhance and aid in the creation of their artwork.

Exhibition dates are September 8 through October 21, 2015.  A panel discussion with the artists moderated by the curator, George Fifield, will take place on Tuesday, September 15 starting at 3:30 p.m. in the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, followed by a public reception in the Joseloff Gallery from 5-7 p.m.

Through (+) additive and (‐) subtractive technologies like rapid prototyping (3D printing) and CNC machining, artists are able to make objects almost directly from mind into matter.  This exhibition—the first in the Hartford Art School’s new Kohn Joseloff Guest Curator Series—seeks to explore the results that occur when technology meets the production of artistic sculpture. In addition, the technology of augmented reality appears to be both additive and subtractive literally making something out of nothing.

“These artists are not only using a broad range of technologies, but using them in unique and innovative ways,” says exhibition curator, George Fifield. “For example both Denise Marika and Jonathan Monaghan have created videos in which rapid prototyping is used to make the set—or props—used in their videos.”

In 2012, through the generosity of the Beebe Family Foundation and a grant from the University of Hartford, the Hartford Art School purchased an industrial CNC machine and established a space for students and faculty to learn to use this new tool for fabricating their art.  Earlier this year, another grant from the University of Hartford enabled the Hartford Art School to purchase a 3D printer with plans to set up a rapid prototyping space for students, across the curriculum, to use in the realization of their art works.

“We are pleased to launch the new Kohn Joseloff Guest Curator Series with this exciting exhibition,” states Joseloff Gallery’s managing director, Lisa Gaumond. “It is our hope that the innovative works chosen by our guest curator will inspire our students to consider the possibilities that could result from incorporating digital technology in the creation of their own work.”

About George Fifield

George Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which produces the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

From 1993 to 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, an hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts. Produced by the DeCordova Museum for WGBH-TV, The Electronic Canvas aired in April 2000 in Boston and subsequently was in national PBS distribution. Fifield is also executive producer for the feature length comedy Made-Up, written and produced by his wife, Lynne Adams. It premiered at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, Texas in May 2003.

In addition, Fifield has written on a variety of media, technology and art topics for Artbyte, Bomb, Communication Arts, Digital Fine Arts, The Independent Film and Video Monthly, Sculpture Magazine and Art New England.

Recently, Fifled, along with Joseph Ketner II & John Powell, curated Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery.  Fifled was also recent juror of Intelligent Objects: Empathetic and Smart Art, New Haven’s Creative Arts Workshop’s 2015 national juried show exploring artworks at the intersection of analog and digital media.

Fifield has taught at a number of institutions on New Media subjects. Presently he is adjunct faculty with the Digital Media program at Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches a graduate level course on Interactivity in the Fine Arts. He has lectured at Harvard University; Brandeis University; Massachusetts College of Art; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Tampa and many others.

About the Kohn Joseloff Guest Curator Series

The Kohn Joseloff Gallery Guest Curator Series, established in 2014 through a generous gift from longtime Joseloff Gallery supporters, the Kohn family, aims to showcase contemporary art selected by noted curators from around the world.  This series will bring fresh perspectives on art and art making to the Hartford Art School. Each exhibition will include programming such as artist lectures or moderated panel discussions, and will be accompanied by a full color catalog with an essay written by the curator.

Each exhibition will feature at least three artists whose work supports and exemplifies a central theme or vision presented by the curator.  It is the intention of the Guest Curator Series to highlight the curator equally to the artists presented in the exhibition.