May 12, 2017 Published in Arts & Style

New Target Gallery Show Explores the Art of GIFs, Interactive Video, and Digital Media

The newest exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, explores emerging technological and interactive media in art. Glitch: An Exploration in Digital Media features the work of 11 artists from across the country, five of whom are from the region. Adriel Luis, curator of digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, juried the show. 

“Ever since the invention of fire, humans have approached technology with intrigue, bewilderment and audacity – sometimes all at the same time,” said Luis. “The work submitted for this exhibit presented a treasure trove of ways that artists attempt to tame this flame. I learned that technology and media-based art is not merely a genre or medium, but rather a layer of reality that will inevitably become present in all forms of creative expression.” 

The work on view in Glitch shows the complex—and sometimes messy—relationship between emerging technologies and basic human communication. Technology can be an obstacle, a distraction, or a placeholder for storytelling. 

For example, in Sasha de Koninck’s Zeroes and Ones, each jacquard weaving has musical compositions embedded into them. Viewers can play preprogramed compositions or create their own arrangements based on where they move and direct the camera on the accompanying tablet device. 

“I chose works that insisted on telling their tales in spite of these challenges,” said Luis. “The works presented here may demonstrate new ways of looking at media, but more importantly, they are new ways of looking at ourselves.” 

Glitch is the first exhibition of its kind in Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  

“This exhibition reflects contemporary culture,” said Leslie Mounaime, Target Gallery director. “Artists are embracing technology, utilizing new media and digital elements to enhance their artistic storytelling. The media itself is consistently revolutionizing, too. We’ve risen to the challenge to illustrate the evolving nature of art using digital technology.” 

The participating artists are: 

·         Jill Burks, Cambridge, NY

·         Eric Corriel, Brooklyn, NY

·         Sasha de Koninck, Santa Monica, CA (Click to see video demo of interactive installation)

·         Alexis Gomez, Dumfries, VA

·         Ed Grant, Brooklyn, NY

·         Maxim Leyzerovich, Washington, DC

·         Tracy Miller-Robbins, Westerville, OH

·         John Mosher, Salisbury, MD

·         Zach Nagle, Minneapolis, MN

·         Lyric Prince, Arlington, VA 

·         Kaylah Waite, Hyattsville, MD (Click to see animated GIF)

Glitch: An Exploration in Digital Media
Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, July 9
Public Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
Juror’s Talk at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 27 -Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Public reception will be Second Thursday, June 8, 6 – 8 p.m.,
Luis’s comments at 7 p.m. 
The Target Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

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