Crossover, May 3 – June 15, 2014


Opening reception: Saturday, May 3, 6-8pm

141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Located inside the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line
Open: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11-6pm

Where is the line between fine art and technology? Historically, art and technology have continually intersected–from the accused Old Masters who are rumored to have used the technology of their time in the production of their masterpieces, to contemporary artists who often straddle the line between the cyber and the palpable. Art is a vehicle for intersecting interests and media, and the use of technology in the creation of fine art further demonstrates this notion. With artistic movements such as “The New Aesthetic”, we are experiencing the influence of technology on art even through more traditional processes.

“Crossover” exhibits examples of ostensibly traditional work that are heavily influenced by technology. Even though these pieces do not overtly demonstrate the utilization of technology, they do exemplify the novel way in which technology and fine art are interrelated.

Sophia Brueckner, born in Detroit, MI, is an artist and engineer. She received her Sc.B. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Brown University. As a software engineer at Google, she worked on the front-end development and interface design of products and later on experimental projects within Google Research. Brueckner earned her MFA in Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design and was also an instructor there teaching a course on science fiction and art. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, and, in particular, she is interested in interaction design, generative art, algorithmic writing, and, as a technology antidote, painting. She recently joined the MIT Media Lab where she is a researcher in the Fluid Interfaces group and teaches Science Fiction to Science Fabrication, a course combining science fiction and invention.

Nicholas Irzyk is an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. His work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA, the Hiestand Gallery in Oxford, OH, NK Gallery in Boston, MA, and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA. He is a 2014 award recipient from the Miami University Young Painters Competition and, in 2013, a recipient of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award as well as a Graduate School Scholarship, both through Virginia Commonwealth University. Irzyk is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he currently lives and works.

Carlos Jiménez Cahua (b. 1986, Lima, Peru) received an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and Artforum. He is based in New York, NY and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern University.

Nathalie Miebach is a Boston-based sculptor who translates weather data into woven sculpture and musical scores. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oberlin College, OH, and both a Master of Art Education and Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, MA. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, a TED Global Fellowship, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Blanche E. Colman Award, the International Sculpture Outstanding Student Award, a LEF grant, two-year fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, a Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, and the Berwick Research Institute Residency. Her work has been shown in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her sculptures have been reviewed by many national and international publications, spanning fine arts, design, technology and science audiences, including Art In America, Art News, Sculpture, New York Times, Form, Wired – UK and American Craft Magazine.

Monica Tap is an artist whose many activities involve exploring questions of time and representation in painting. Over the past fifteen years her canvases, which are conceptual and systematic investigations into the codes of pictorial illusionism and perception, have been exhibited in Canada; London, England, and New York. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, most recently from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project,Translation as a Strategy of Renewal in Painting. Tap’s work is represented in private, corporate and public collections in Canada and the U.S. Originally from Alberta, Monica Tap completed her BFA (1990) and MFA (1996) degrees at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She lives in Toronto and is a Professor at the University of Guelph.