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Two layered print with images by Scott and Lee (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

The IEA welcomed Scott Stevens, Lee Somers, and Elisabeth Pellathy for a residency over the week of March 27th. Scott, Professor of Printmaking at the University of Montevallo, Lee, Professor of Three Dimensional Design at the University of Montevallo, and Elisabeth, Professor of New Media at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, came together to collaborate on a project centered around Alabama’s Cahaba River, a free flowing river that connects Birmingham to Montevallo and contains some of the greatest biodiversity and historic significance in the South. The primary themes of interest in the Cahaba River centered around the natural environment, the human history that stretched from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and beyond, and its ecological and geological features that fed local economies, such as coal, limestone, and iron ore that were key components to the foundation of the iron industry in the area.

Throughout their residency Scott, Lee, and Elisabeth collaborated on laser etched acrylic plates which could then be used for both relief and intaglio printing. Each produced images from their own research on the Cahaba River and layered their images on top of each other to produce a series of prints. Each print contained multiple layers of the history and environmental features of the watershed and the hand of each artist, with photographic, CAD generated, and images from 3D models contributing to each piece. Additionally, a presentation and discussion was held where each artist spoke about their artistic backgrounds and work, how they came together to collaborate on this project, and their research they did to contribute to the Cahaba River Watershed Project.

Below is a sample of photos from their residency:

(L to R) Lee, Scott, and Elisabeth prepping plates for printing

(L to R) Lee, Scott, and Elisabeth prepping plates for printing

Pressing second pass of layered print

Pressing second pass of layered print

Discussing print with IEA co-director Joseph Scheer (second from left)

Discussing print with IEA co-director Joseph Scheer (second from left)

Lee and Elisabeth inking plate for intaglio printing

Lee and Elisabeth inking plate for intaglio printing

Evaluating an intaglio with Elisabeth's image

Evaluating an intaglio with Elisabeth's image

Elisabeth wiping a recently printed plate

Elisabeth wiping a recently printed plate

Two layered print with images by Scott and Elisabeth (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

Two layered print with images by Scott and Elisabeth (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

Two layered print with images by Scott and Lee (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

Two layered print with images by Scott and Lee (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

Three layered print with images by Scott, Elisabeth, and Lee (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

Three layered print with images by Scott, Elisabeth, and Lee (note: print appears wavy because it was photographed while still wet)

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The IEA was joined by Ray Ferreira of Brooklyn, NY, for an artist residency over the week of March 13th. Ray, who received his MFA from Hunter College in 2016, uses Englishes, Spanishes, and body languages to explore ways, which his body is manifested and manifests worlds, and ways his body aims to create a different ontoepistoethics. He views his texts as modular, pieces coming into and out of existence, stretching across spaces, times, and matters.

Throughout his residency Ray split his time between recording sound and video and putting together a layered composition of processed video and audio recordings. Ray melded together video he shot of the snowy weather conditions experienced during his residency (which was enough to close the University for one day) with hand gestures and shadow play with spoken word processed audio to produce a piece that touches upon themes of loss and memory. Ray also produced a small series of digital prints from past and present work.

Below are images from Ray’s residency:

Still from Video Work

Still from Video Work

Still from Video Work

Still from Video Work

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

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The IEA welcomed Laura Splan, of Brooklyn, NY, for a residency over the week of February 20th, 2017. Laura, an alum of Mills College in Oakland, CA, explores the intersections of art, science, technology, and craft who explores the material manifestations of our mutable relationship with the human body. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes (blood, cosmetic facial peel, digital fabrication), which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials. Her recent work uses biosensors (electromyography, electroencephalography) to create data-driven forms and patterns for digitally fabricated sculptures, tapestries and works on paper.

During her week at the IEA, Laura focused on creating 4K digital animations derived from bio-metric data, specifically EMGs and EEGs. These took the form of colored, moving lines that starts out with only a few onscreen and gradually amassing to the point where only tiny movements can be seen if one looks close enough. These animations were created by entering the bio-data into code created in Processing which read it into animation files that would sometimes take up to seven hours to render a 30 second clip. Laura also composed a three channel animation that spanned across the three 4K displays in the TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery and gave a small, informal presentation to Professor Barbara Lattanzi’s Interactive Media class.

Below are some images from Laura’s residency:

Laura Splan editing animation.

Laura Splan editing animation.

Animation on Three-Channel 4K display

Animation on Three-Channel 4K display

Presentation to Interactive Media Class

Presentation to Interactive Media Class

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The IEA will be holding Masters of Intaglio with a Touch of Jazz from January 30th – February 7th. This event brings print media artists and curators with a global perspective to Alfred’s School of Art and Design. This two week event will be composed of lectures, a symposium, and artists working at the Institute for Electronic Arts and the Expanded Media studios. The program will explore the impact of electronic tools and historical printmaking processes within a field of print media. Invited guests come from diverse backgrounds that include education, music, curating, community outreach to the Aboriginal artistic communities in Australia, and an international perspective of contemporary print media artists. This venue will allow students and faculty to the opportunity to collaborate and engage in discussions over these exciting two weeks of scheduled events.

Our resident artists and scholars include:

Michael Kempson, Artist and Director of Cicada Press and Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Jenny Robinson, artist and printmaker currently living and working from San Francisco, CA.
Nicky Crayson, Jazz Vocalist from Sydney, Australia.
Miranda K. Metcalf, Curator of Contemporary Prints at the Davidson Galleries of Seattle, Washington.
Cassandra Hooper, Professor of Print and the Art of Book, SUNY Purchase, NY.

The following is a list of scheduled lectures, demonstrations, and events that comprise Masters of Intaglio with a Touch of Jazz. All events are free and open to the public:

Inexpensive, Non-Toxic, Dry Point Plates for Intaglio Printing – Monday, January 30th, 9:00am, John Woods Studios Print Shop, Harder Hall
Artist and printmaker Jenny Robinson will demonstrate processes for making dry point plates for intaglio printing on a variety of substrates without the use of acids or harsh chemicals
Multiple-Color Plate Printing and Registration for Intaglio – Tuesday, January 31st, 6:00 pm, John Woods Studios Print Shop, Harder Hall
Master printmaker and artist Michael Kempson will demonstrate advanced techniques for multiple-plate color printing and registration for intaglio.
Australian Aboriginal Artists and Print Publishing Projects – Wednesday, February 1st, 5:00 pm, Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall
Michael Kempson, director of Cicada Press, will show many of the wonderful prints produced working with Aboriginal artist communities and other contemporary Australian artist projects published by Cicada Press. He will also talk about Indigenous Australian histor and its position as the oldest continuous culture in modern times.
Collé Techniques using Japanese and Chinese Paper – Thursday, February 2nd, 6:00 pm, John Woods Studios Print Shop, Harder Hall
Artist and printmaker Jenny Robinson will demonstrate Collé techniques using Japanese and Chinese paper and rice paste.
Snowing in the Bush – Sunday, February 5th, 5:00 pm, Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall
A performance by jazz vocalist Nicky Crayson, along with Andrew Deutsch, Matthew Underwood, and Daisy Wu, will showcase her collaboration with the Institute for Electronic Arts.
Contemporary Print Practices Panel Discussion – Monday, February 6th, 5:00 pm, Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall
Michael Kempson, Miranda K. Metcalf, Jenny Robinson, Nicky Crayson, and Cassandra Hooper will be sharing their work and talk about the “breadth of contemporary print practice.” They will discuss their residencies at the Institute for Electronic Arts in a discussion led by Joseph Scheer.
Being Prepared – A Discussion on Effective Submissions to Galleries – Tuesday, February 7th, Noon, Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Miranda K. Metcalf, Curator of Contemporary Prints at Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, will give a presentation and lead a discussion about what you will need to prepare before approaching galleries with your artwork. Topics will include: gallery interaction, exclusive representation contracts, and how to protect yourself and your work in the gallery environment.

We are very excited for this and all of the other events taking place in 2017 as part of the IEA’s 20th Anniversary Residencies. For more information on Masters of Intaglio with a Touch of Jazz please visit here.

Masters of Intaglio with a Touch of Jazz is made possible in part by generous support from the Schein-Joseph Endowment and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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IEA artist Sondra Perry will be holding a solo show, titled flesh out, at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, from January 20th – April 1st. Additionally, the will be an opening event from 6:00-9:00 pm on the 20th with an artist talk at 7:30 pm.

The five works included in this exhibition of work by Sondra Perry are critical investigations into the way digital technology gives shape and encompasses representation. If you will be in the Buffalo area make a point to visit Squeaky Wheel to see flesh out and all of the other great work and exhibitions that take place there.

Wet and Wavy Looks—Typhon coming on (2016)

Wet and Wavy Looks—Typhon coming on (2016)

Woodblock prints fresh off the offset press

Cassandra Hooper, of Croton on Hudson, NY, joined us for an artist residency over the week of November 14th focusing on works of print media. An professor in printmaking and art of the book at SUNY Purchase, Cassandra’s practice involves watching the world carefully, recording flashes and near misses that express the ever-present tug-of-war between public and private self, individual and society, human and nature. She makes images that aim to simultaneously reveal a crucial moment of defenselessness while admitting the impossibility of denying our own fragility. Her pictures depict a space of time laden and reflexive, playing with the tension between the emotional landscape and the slow unraveling of the narrative. These dramas play out in scenes constructed of the detritus of suburban female experience—the awkwardly defiant posture of a child, the outcast chair, overgrown gardens, domestic spaces of bygone eras, drawing on experience of performing rituals of vulnerability as a child, a mother, and the nebulous space between those roles.

Over the course of her residency Cassandra focused on a series of laser etched wood block prints and a series of photo polymer plate prints. IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer and Aodi Liang worked extensively with Cassandra with all of the various processes in translating Cassandra’s photo compositions from digital files to physical prints through use of the Epilog laser cutter, WLS polymer plate maker, Takach etching press, and the Stienmesse and Stolberg flatbed offset press. A large series of work was produced in multiple editions for future shows and exhibitions.

Below are images from Cassandra’s residency:

IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer and IEA artist Cassandra Hooper viewing work from Cassandra's portfolio

IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer and IEA artist Cassandra Hooper viewing work from Cassandra's portfolio

Joseph and Cassandra viewing work from Cassandra's portfolio

Joseph and Cassandra viewing work from Cassandra's portfolio

Joseph demonstrating techniques for using the Stienmesse and Stolberg Flatbed Offset Press

Joseph demonstrating techniques for using the Stienmesse and Stolberg Flatbed Offset Press

Cassandra and Joseph printing with the offset press

Cassandra and Joseph printing with the offset press

Woodblock prints fresh off the offset press

Woodblock prints fresh off the offset press

Cassandra signing her work

Cassandra signing her work

Cassandra laying out polymer plate prints with Aodi Liang

Cassandra laying out polymer plate prints with Aodi Liang

Woodcut print

Woodcut print

Woodcut print

Woodcut print

Polymer Plate Print

Polymer Plate Print

Polymer Plate Print

Polymer Plate Print

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On Friday, December 9th at, 7:00 pm IEA artist in Residence Inhye Lee will be giving a talk with space physicist Hyomin Kim, PhD, in conjunction with the exhibition, Unseen Forces, at the SOHO20 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition sees Lee and Kim collaborating on work involving the impact of what is now called “space weather” on the human life and technology, which will be the primary focus of their talk.

If you are in the area make a point to attend the talk or see the exhibition. Unseen Forces will be on display from now until December 18th.

The Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) is currently accepting applications for one week, New York State artist residencies for Visual Arts projects.

Applications for these opportunities are due by January 4th, 2017.

For more information and to apply please visit our Apply page

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The Bret Llewellyn Gallery is proud to announce a new exhibition by Binghamton artist Brian Murphy, who participated in an IEA residency in March of 2016. This exhibition features multi-channel projections, hand modified cathode ray tube televisions, books and anaglyph 3D video that explores ecstatic possession and the fabrication of conflict using video, archival film, sound, artist books and new media processes.

Brian is an artist living and working in upstate New York. He is the co-founder and director of Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image and his work has been exhibited at the Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo, the Gagosian Gallery in New York and at the Visual Studies Workshop Rochester.

The exhibition is on view from October 27 through November 17. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is located in room 312 of the Engineering Technology Building. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, 10/27 at 6 p.m. – Room 312 SET Building.

Joseph Scheer presenting a book by former student Aodi Liang (MFA, 2016) and the process he used in its creation

Alfred University Trustees Eric (’69, B.A, M.A, Chairman and Founder of Phillip Jeffries) and Susan Bershad visited the Institute for Electronic Arts during a Trustee Weekend on October 21st, 2016.

During their visit IEA co-director Joseph Scheer gave them a tour of the IEA’s facilities and work and publications by past artists in residence. Joseph also informed Eric and Susan that the IEA will be participating in an exhibition at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, presenting work by Expanded Media students and faculty and IEA artists. Joseph will also be giving lectures and workshops on laser cut woodblock printing.

(left to right) School of Art & Design Dean Gerar Edizel, IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer, and Alfred University Trustees Susan and Eric Bershad looking at an artist book made by Zihao Chen (BFA 2013), a former student of Joseph Scheer.

(left to right) School of Art & Design Dean Gerar Edizel, IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer, and Alfred University Trustees Susan and Eric Bershad looking at an artist book made by Zihao Chen (BFA 2013), a former student of Joseph Scheer.

Joseph Scheer presenting a book by former student Aodi Liang (MFA, 2016) and the process he used in its creation

Joseph Scheer presenting a book by former student Aodi Liang (MFA, 2016) and the process he used in its creation

Joseph presenting student and IEA artist work. In the foreground, left to right, is Judy Livingston, Professor of Graphic Design, and Andrew Deutsch, Professor of Sonic Art and current division chair.

Joseph presenting student and IEA artist work. In the foreground, left to right, is Judy Livingston, Professor of Graphic Design, and Andrew Deutsch, Professor of Sonic Art and current division chair.

Joseph presenting student and IEA artist work. On the table is a hand carved woodblock print by Tim Pauszek (BA,  2014, Alfred University)

Joseph presenting student and IEA artist work. On the table is a hand carved woodblock print by Tim Pauszek (BA, 2014, Alfred University)

Joseph presenting his 2003 artist book, Night Flyers, to Eric and Susan

Joseph presenting his 2003 artist book, Night Flyers, to Eric and Susan

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