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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Andrew DeCaen at the TCU Moudy Gallery

Andrew Decaen's prints and print constructions will be featured in an exhibition of printmakers and new media artist at the TCU Moudy Gallery.  The exhibition is titled "In the year 2000" features printmakers Annie Bissett , Andrew DeCaen, and Sang-Mi Yoo, and new media artists Joshua Penrose, Austin Stewart, and S.W.A.M.P.

In the Year 2000
January 22 – March 8, 2013

Reception: Friday, January 25, 5 – 7 pm

Moudy Gallery
Moudy Building North
2805 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday 1 – 4 pm

Moudy Gallery presents “In the Year 2000,” a new-media and contemporary printmaking exhibition with work by Annie Bissett, Andrew DeCaen, Joshua Penrose, Austin Stewart, S.W.A.M.P., and Sang Mi-Yoo. These artists incorporate progressive technologies in their practice (including but not limited to: 3D printing, custom software development, interactive video projects, explosives, microprinted documents, wearable electronics, and robotics), or they utilize long-held traditional techniques at the service of contemporary social and political artistic speech. The themes expressed in the exhibition are partly lent by new-media’s suitable application to a political viewpoint, but they also speak widely about to our collective memory of expectations of the future and what it might look like. Often, that vision of the future (or recent past) is one of environmental degradation, food shortages and limited global resources, sprawl, economic inequality, and war.

Annie Bissett (Massachusetts) employs traditional Japanese woodblock printing (moku hanga or ukiyo-e) to create imagery that conflates the flourished designs of paper money with language exposing the distance between the American Dream and the reality of the 99%.

Andrew DeCaen (Texas) creates prints and three-dimensional constructions with imagery that layers the social aspects of eating and sharing meals, an intimate and vital daily activity, with the ephemera and by-products of a global industry of food production.

Joshua Penrose (Ohio), trained in music composition and new media art, develops bridges between procedural sound art and interactive video installation.  His work may take the form of anything from fermenting mead (honey-wine) in a gallery to guerilla-installed audio devices at crosswalks in major cities.

Austin Stewart (Colorado) is currently portraying a fabricated character he calls “The Militant Gardener,” wherein his work explores the way that modern devices of destruction or warfare can be hacked or controlled for more “green” purposes.  The scope of this work ranges from shotgun shells filled with wildflower seeds to robotic drones that survey a barren land looking for prime planting locations.

Sang-Mi Yoo (Texas) develops patterns in lasercut wool felt and screenprints based on her memory of the repetitive architectural forms of standardized residential neighborhoods as they first appeared in her birthplace of South Korea in the 1970s. Her project explores “how politics in education and urban planning have influenced our way of thinking and visual perceptions.”

S.W.A.M.P. (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production; Michigan & New Zealand) is a collaborative entity focused on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often times working with living organisms.