The 2nd Story Gallery will be presenting Low Tech/High Tech, a curated group exhibition featuring Mike Milo, Michael Ziendler, Bart Habermiller, Carole Thorpe, John Mitchell, Beth Harmer, and Wright Simmonds, dealing with artists’ views of the roles and uses of technology.
Technology is so often thought of as being incongruous to Art: and Art vs. Technology simplicity. There are, however, connections and interactions and rooms for discussion and interpretation. The idea(s) conveyed by ‘technology’ (and its derivative words, forms and meanings) provides diverse and fertile grounds for exploration. The framework not as a multi-media display, but as an indication of a developing vehicle and vocabulary. As artists and humanists they observe, narrate and animate; tapping the humor of cynicism, irreverence turning to challenge, their art and ideas applied to perceptively constructed scenarios. In this context, the polemics of ‘Low’ and ‘High’ become irrelevant, as the main technology at the artists’ disposal in the process of communication – a personal, intellectual, and creative expression and response.
Bart Habermiller is a recent graduate of the Alberta College of Art. The artist has exhibited at the Off Centre Centres' "Rotation Project", Gulf Canada Square, and will be involved in a group exhibition at the Stride Gallery in June.
David Clark is a media artist interested in experimental narrative form and the cinematic use of the internet. He has produced work for the internet, narrative films, and gallery installations. Recent works include large-scale interactive narrative works for the web: ’88 Constellations for Wittgenstein’, an experimental portrait of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, and ‘Sign After the X’, an encyclopedic work about the letter X (made in collaboration with Vancouver writer/artist Marina Roy and composer Graham Meisner). He received a MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has also attended the Whitney Program and the Canadian Film Centre. He is also the director of Meanwhile, a non-linear film developed at the Canadian Film Center that won the interactive multimedia fiction award at the Cinema Tous Ecrans in Switzerland. He wrote and directed the feature film Maxwell’s Demon and many short films and videos. He is the Chair of Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax where he developed the film program and is a researcher at the Cineflux Research group that is looking at questions of how cinematic form is changing with new technologies.
John Mitchell attended the Vancouver School of Art and Design, where he majored in design process and graduated with honors in 1972. He later attended the University of Dalhousie in Halifax to pursue graduate studies, majoring in sculpture drawing and design.
Wright D.C. Simmonds is currently attending the Alberta College of Art as a third year Sculpture major. He was also educated at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan Community College.
Carole A. thorpe is educated at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary), Concordia University (Montreal), and The Alberta College of Art (Calgary), where she received a diploma in printmaking. She has actively exhibited since 1981, and is also a published poet and author.