Nathan Meltz

The IEA welcomed its first AIR for 2019, Nathan Meltz for a visual arts residency. Nathan was at the IEA for the week of February 18 – 22 where he worked in a number of print media and completed two print editions. Nathan also hosted a traveling studio visit for Expanded Media students in the Introduction to Print-Media class. Nathan had generously brought a catalog of his award winning screenprints for an open presentation and Q & A luncheon with students.

Working with Expanded Media Lecturer, Myles Calvert, Nathan experimented with screened sugar-lift, zinc plate etching, as well Myles assisted Nathan in the production an edition of laser cut woodblock multi-ink prints on our Xuan Cloud Dragon Paper. During his productive week at the IEA, Nathan completed a second edition of large-format digital prints on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper with hand laid screenprint puff-binder overlay. Aodi Liang assisted Nathan with this second edition. Both editions feature Nathan’s image “Saving Seeds”.

Nathan Meltz uses collage, printmaking, animation, and performance to comment on the infiltration of technology into every facet of life, from politics and food, to family and war. His solo exhibitions include Southern Illinois University’s Vergette Gallery, GRIDSPACE (NYC), the University of Florida – Jacksonville’s Andrew Brest Gallery, and Noise Gallery (OH). His international exhibitions include the International Print Center New York, the Trois-Rivières International Printmaking Biennial, Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, and more. His recent series “Strangling the Fascist Viper” has received juror awards from the Louisiana International Printmaking Exhibition and the Political Impressions exhibition at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Printworks Award from Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh PA, and the Prix de Print award from Art in Print Magazine. Meltz is a Lecturer in the Department of the Arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and is the founder and curator of the East Coast Screenprint Biennial.

Nathan Meltz on Offset Press

Nathan Meltz woodblock print

Nathan Meltz digital print with screenprint puff-binder overlay

Nathan Meltz applying screenprint puff-binder overlay on digital print

Nathan Meltz

Nathan Meltz traveling studio visit with Expanded Media students

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Nancy Blum

Our final artist in residence for 2018 was Nancy Blum. Nancy was at the IEA for two week residency and it was a delightful end to the 2018 experimental projects residency program. Nancy arrived with an ambitious program for experiments that might help in shaping her next major bodies of work. The residency started with Nancy working with her assistant Amanda Nedham on digitally assembling and altering some of her drawings. Another highlight from the first week was IEA co-director Joseph Scheer, giving Nancy and Amanda a tour of his printshop and review of the IEA Xuan papers/project. Nancy expressed an interest in seeing her drawings at different scale, the IEA composited and scaled up one of Nancy’s WIP drawings and projected it wall scale, with Nancy then developing the form with the assist of the video projection. The IEA had numerous visits from John Gill (Professor Ceramics) where he and Nancy discussed this work in progress. At the end the first week the IEA hosted a great artist talk & luncheon with Nancy Blum and grad-students from the Electronic Integrated Arts (EIA) and Ceramics MFA programs, – Thank you Nancy for your generous and memorable presentation.

Then the second week was spent in preparation for large scale mono-prints and investigation of foregrounded shape and color as a possible pivot in Nancy’s practice. Nancy cut large rough forms out of cardboard to use in the mono-prints. Blum’s final Thursday of the residency was spent in the Expanded Media Printshop for a wonderful day of printing. Matt Metz, Linda Sikora, Isabel Metz, Aodi Liang, Joseph Scheer, Rebekkah Palov and John Gill all had a special day assisting and pulling new experimental Nancy Blum mono-prints.

Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum is well known for her public art commissions. For the new San Francisco General Hospital, she recently completed an installation of monumental glass windows that feature her robust botanical imagery. Previous projects include 50 hatch covers designed for the streets of Seattle and a sculptural installation for the city’s airport; a 40‐foot freestanding sculpture in Philadelphia; large-scale mosaics for New York City’s MTA Arts in Transit program; and artwork and architectural components for three light-rail stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Blum’s drawings and sculptures have been represented in numerous exhibitions at galleries and other venues across the US such as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro; the International Print Center, New York; and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Her most recent solo show, Wonderland, appeared at the Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York last year. Blum’s work is held in two dozen private and public collections, including the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, South Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Boise Art Museum. Also among these project is a permanent installation at the residence of the American Ambassador to Belgium.

Nancy Blum inking a mono-print

Nancy Blum drawing with projection – video still

Joseph Scheer gave Nancy Blum and Amanda Nedham a tour of his printshop and review of the IEA Xuan papers

Nancy Blum mono-print with Joseph Scheer and John Gill

Nancy Blum artist talk & luncheon with grad-students from the Electronic Integrated Arts (EIA) and Ceramics MFA programs

Nancy Blum consulting with IEA Co-director Joseph Scheer

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Liberovskaya/Niblock Live A/V Improvisation and Phill Niblock Intermedia Concert in Holmes Auditorium

The IEA and Expanded Media had the great pleasure of hosting an on-campus visit and performance with Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya. The November 20th performance in Holmes Auditorium included a first set, Liberovskaya/Niblock Live A/V Improvisation followed by a second set, Phill Niblock Intermedia Concert with Music and Images by Phill Niblock featuring Video from the “Movement of People Working” series:
China 88, China 87, China 86. Don Metz (Burchfield Penney) also performed on one of Phill’s compositions. A Wonderful event!!

Poster by Andrew Deutsch

Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya in Holmes Auditorium

Katherine Liberovskaya still from Live Video Improvisation in Holmes Auditorium

Phill Niblock video-still from “Movement of People Working” series: China 88, China 87, China 86 in Holmes Auditorium

Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya and Aodi Liang (IEA Research Specialist) at the IEA

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Dave Jones

The IEA welcomed Dave Jones back for a two week print residency November 5 – 15. Dave designed and built much of the legacy and specialized video equipment for Expanded Media’s historically significant Video Arts program. Video Arts at Alfred was founded by Harland Snodgrass with 1972 marking the start of video-art classes at Alfred. Dave helped build the Alfred Sandin IP, designed (with support from Video Arts Professor Peer Bode) and built the Jones FB1 frame buffer and Jones video output AMP and the new Jones Core plus Digital Oscillators that are currently available in the IEA studio for our Electronic Media / Film artists in residence and Electronic Integrated Arts MFAs.

During his residency Dave made editioned prints of high-resolution scans of his design, development and digital-drawings that he created in the 1980s. These included drawings made with his original design, “fine-print” software and drawings made with an early 1980s HP (felt-tip) pen plotter that Dave wrote original software to produce the visual 3D effects. Another print-series featured Dave’s original hand drawn circuit boards on graph paper and assembly diagrams on vellum. Also a series of prints came from Dave’s catalog of 3D photos. The printed images included stereograph photos from his trip to Japan and others that he shot in the 1990s.

Dave Jones is the head of Dave Jones Design, a small company that builds audio and video devices for musicians, video artists, museums, and others involved in the media arts. They specialize in making unique products that are primarily visually oriented, and are used in art installations, performances, and both music and video studios around the world. Dave Jones has been designing and building this type of equipment since the early 1970s, individually, as part of the Experimental Television Center, and under the company names Designlab and Dave Jones Design.

Dave Jones with his mountain prints

Dave Jones with circuit diagram prints

Dave Jones with 3d anaglyph glasses and IEA Research Specialist Aodi Liang

Dave Jones multiple print series

Dave Jones original assembly diagram on vellum.

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Alison Nguyen

During her Electronic Media / Film residency (Oct 29 – Nov 2) Alison Nguyen worked on two projects. First she worked on developing ‘every dog has its day’ a single-channel video which explores the notions of iconicity, immortality, and terror in consumer-produced media. Drawing from home movies, social media, soft pornography, and videos created by religious cults/extremists, the appropriative work explores the porous visual relationships between domestic intimacy, terror and technology. Initially conceived as a triple-channel installation, Alison’s experimentation at IEA in the Snodgrass Gallery resulted in a parsed down single-channel piece. For her second residency project, Alison worked on ‘Dessert-Disaster’ – A double-channel found footage video work which compares the parallel cinematic language of dessert commercials with that of ‘disaster porn’ found in the news and on the Internet. The sound, pulled from pedestrian-produced videos of demolitions, disasters, and storms, expresses the conditions of the contemporary crowd; its insatiable appetite for destruction and arousal; its inattention, its inability to look away; its anxiety and its ecstasy. At IEA Alison worked with Rebekkah Palov to create a new quadraphonic sound piece for the installation version of this work, which expanded the creative possibilities of the movement of sound in the Immersive Gallery’s installation space.

Alison Nguyen is a New York-based artist working in video and installation. She received her B.A from Brown University, Providence, RI. Nguyen’s work has been screened at  Ann Arbor Film Festival, Crossroads presented by SF MoMA/SF Cinemateque, True/False Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Unseen Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Leeds International Film Festival, L’Alternativa, Marfa Film Festival, San Francisco Art Book Fair at Minnesota Street Projects, Traverse Vidéo, Palace Film Festival, Outpost Artists, and Zumzeig Cine. Her work has been exhibited at Centre Des Arts Actuels Skol, The University of Oklahoma, BOSI Contemporary, and Satellite Art Show, Miami. She has participated in group performances at The Whitney Museum of Art: Dreamlands Expanded, The Parrish Museum, and Mana Contemporary (in collaboration with Optipus). 

Nguyen has received residencies and fellowships from the International Studio and Curatorial Program, BRIC, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, Signal Culture, and Vermont Studio Center. She has been awarded grants from NYSCA and The New York Community Trust.

Alison Nguyen working in the IEA studio

Alison Nguyen “Dessert-Disaster” installation in the Expanded Media Immersive Gallery

Alison Nguyen video-still from ‘every dog has its day’

Alison Nguyen video-still from early work in process ‘every dog has its day’

Alison Nguyen with “Dessert-Disaster” installation in the Expanded Media Immersive Gallery

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Johannah Herr

Johannah Herr was the IEA Visual Art, artist in residence for October 22-26. It was an energized week with Johannah as she worked on four different projects using the vinyl cutter, dye sublimation printer, large-format digital printer and heat press and our laser cutter. Herr started with vinyl-cut shapes, meant to appeal to children, which she then applied to emergency blankets for a collaborative project pop-up shop. She then designed and laser-cut shapes for dazzle camouflage text out of different colors of mirrored acrylic. These cut pieces will be used later in fabrication of the completed piece. Johannah then made a print series of 10 diptychs (20 prints total). The series was printed on watercolor paper that had been prepared with painted-on polyester ground which was then used as a base for dye sublimation prints. A final material used in the series was cut mirrored-vinyl text. The fourth and final project for her residency week was, “Redaction Order 13767 – Redaction poem of Executive Order #13767 (Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements)” a five print series, vinyl and digital print on paper. The IEA had a lively, very memorable, fun and remarkably productive week with Johannah.

Johannah Herr has had solo exhibitions at the New Gallery, Brooklyn; Chashama and Envoy Enterprises, both NY; the Muller Gallery, Detroit, MI; the Muted Horn, Cleveland, OH; and Galeri Metropol, Tallinn, Estonia. Her work has been shown in exhibitions including those at Elijah Wheat Showroom and Schema Projects, both Brooklyn; Sheila Johnson Gallery, NY; Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA;  the Centro per L’Arte Contemporanea, Trebisonda, Italy; and the Water Tower Arts Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria. Herr attended Parsons School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Johannah Herr with print series “Redaction poem of Executive Order #13767 (Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements)”

Johannah Herr preparing prints

Johannah Herr weeding vinyl cuts

Johannah Herr with dye sublimation digital prints

Johannah Herr with dye sublimation prints on watercolor paper

Johannah Herr cut vinyl on emergency blankets with IEA Research Associate, Rebekkah Palov

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Monica Duncan

The week of October 8 -12, Monica Duncan was the IEA Electronic Media and Film artist in residence, during her week Monica worked on her project “Taking Shape”. At the IEA she created a series of performances for the camera, in which she investigated camouflage tactics in conjunction with performance strategies. Her performance for camera set-up included an HD multi-camera with live mixing / keying and she also made recordings using the IEA legacy-hardware, Sandin IP and a b&w multi-camera set-up. Monica set-up footage as a three-channel installation in the Expanded Media, three-projector, Immersive Gallery where she documented the work in progress. Monica helped the IEA expand our studio capability for live recording and she also benefited from our studio research with new knowledge of tools and how this might inform her future projects.

Monica Duncan is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn. Her time-based work investigates the nature of visual perception and audience-performer dynamics through camouflage, stillness and collective image-making.

Duncan’s video and performance work has been exhibited at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Hebbel am Ufer HAU1, zeitraumexit, Komuna//Warszawa, The Kitchen, Roulette, Parkhaus Projects, Atlanta Contemporary, Hallwalls, La Casa Encendida, ZKM, LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, amongst others. She has been a visiting artist at the Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, Hunter College, Signal Culture, Experimental Television Center and Scena Robocza (Poznań). Duncan received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego and while on a D.A.A.D fellowship her MA in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Gießen, Germany.

Monica Duncan in the Expanded Media Immersive Gallery with WIP

Monica Duncan at the mixer setting up shot for performance recording

Monica Duncan video shoot set-up

Monica Duncan preparing for performance with swatches

Monica Duncan performance HD recording

Monica Duncan performance Sandin IP, b&w cameras and camera feedback

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Eric Souther

The first week in October, the IEA welcomed EIA MFA alumnus Eric Souther. As part of his in-production documentary, Video Instruments: Artist & Toolmakers Past and Present, Souther interviewed School of Art and Design Video Arts Professor, Peer Bode. He then processed this footage through the Dave Jones Design, FB-1 Frame Buffer, which Peer Bode provided support and design recommendations to David Jones who developed and produced the FB-1. Also as part of that same project Eric processed his recent interview with Dan Sandin through the IEA Sandin IP, playing back the interview video with live camera mix. Souther also invited Hank Rudolph of the Experimental Television Center and Signal Culture to join him for a day. The IEA was thrilled to spend time with Hank and look forward to welcoming him back in the near future.

Souther was also very excited to work with the new IEA Dave Jones Digital Oscillators and Core, Eric brought in each of the three oscillators as separate inputs into our mac workstation, which he then used as maps/source in his custom software made in the Touch-designer visual programming language. Souther recorded this output in 4k, the IEA is happy at this exciting work and will be developing ways to improve HD/4k recording flexibility in our system for 2019. Also Eric did a live performance remix of the audio for his Search Engine Vision The White House 2000-2018 with our GRM audio processors. On his final day at the IEA, Aodi Liang and Jiayi Wang worked with Souther on a number of Digital prints including large-format Dye Sublimation prints, and Paik Raster Manipulation Unit or Wobbulator inspired screen-grabs of mushroom identification images which he printed on Xuan bamboo paper. 

Eric Souther is a video and new media artist whom draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, religion and critical theory. These investigations coalesce into works where ritual, materials, and technological assemblages form emergent systems. His work takes many pathways, which includes single channel video, interactive installation, projection mapping, and audiovisual performance. Souther’s work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the  Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY and the Museum of Art, Zhangzhou, China. His work has been screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy, the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia, and the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. He is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Indiana University South Bend.

Eric Souther in the IEA

Eric Souther recordings using the new IEA Dave Jones Digital Oscillators

Eric Souther recordings using the new IEA Dave Jones Digital Oscillators

Eric Souther with Hank Rudolph

Eric Souther Sandin IP processed Dan Sandin interview

Eric Souther with Aodi Liang signing prints

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Trailer for BIFF 2018

Trailer for Buffalo International Film Festival (October 4 – 8 2018 ) with video from Anna Scime’s recent iea residency!

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Under Pressure 2018

iea Co-director Joseph Scheer

Under Pressure 2018
Rochester, NY
October 5, 2018 -November 17, 2018

Opening Reception: October 5, 6–9pm

Artists: Pamela Drix, Bob Erickson, Kathryn Polk, Joseph Scheer

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple returns for the third year as a collaboration between Rochester Contemporary Art Center and The Print Club of Rochester. Under Pressure 2018 includes national, regional, and international artists and reflects a paradigm shift in how prints are considered; and the expansion of the definition of print media.

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Caochangdi Boy, on Chupi

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Hats, on Red Star

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Yantai Scallop Farm, on Durer Etching

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Xi’an Tricycle, on German Etching

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Tofu Restaurant, on Red Star

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Mattresses, on Goli

© Joseph Scheer, 2018, Old Man – Changchun, on Turtle Shell

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