Wednesday, 22 May 2013

New exhibition surfaces at The Storey

Art by Daniel Rozin




The official opening of 'Surfaces in the Making' a fascinating multi-media exhibition, will take place at The Storey in Lancaster tomorrow night (Thursday 23rd May), featuring the work of acclaimed interactive media artist Daniel Rozin, flown in from New York especially for the event.

The work of two Lancaster University artists and an artist from Kent also features in the exhibition, part of a bigger series of events titled Theorising Surfaces.


The free exhibition in the venue's Reading Room explores different ways of working on and with surfaces.

Works examine digital media and interactivity, drawing and materiality, walking and landscape, mobility and digital technologies.

Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the ability to change and respond to presence and the point of viewer of the onlooker.

This is the first time this work is being shown in the UK. He has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in the US and internationally and has featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wired, ID, Spectrum and Leonardo. His work has earned him numerous awards including the Chrysler Design Award.

Lancaster-based Sarah Casey (LICA) makes drawings that test the limits of visibility and material existence. The Murmur works were developed after a period of research with the Centre for Clinical Anatomy at Lancaster University and feature medical technologies that penetrate the skin. The works are suspended inviting the viewer to take a 360 degree tour.

Canadian and Lancaster based artists Jen Hamilton, Chris St Amand and Jen Southern, who have collaborated on works on walking, movement and technology, are exhibiting Running Stitch, a stitched map created live during an exhibition in Yokohama, Japan, by charting the journeys of participants through the city.

Kent-based Karen Shepherdson explores both geographical and human liminal spaces through photographic and mixed-media. She is showing Band Apart, a sculpture made from discarded red postal bands, which examine her relationship with her lifetime home, the Isle of Thanet.

“The exhibition brings together local and international artists who are interested in how we view, interact with and make sense of surfaces,” says Dr Rebecca Coleman, from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, who organised the exhibition with her colleague Dr Liz Oakley-Brown from the Department of English and Creative Writing.

"The exhibition focuses on a topic that we often don’t notice or think about."

The exhibition is funded by Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Science.

• 'Surfaces in the Making' opens on Thursday 23rd May, 6pm to 7.00pm – all welcome and runs in The Reading Room, The Storey from 24th May  to 1st June (11.00am to 5.00pm daily excluding Sunday) is part of a bigger series of events on Theorising Surfaces: there's a list of those events here: www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/event/4294/

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