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November 7, 2013

Allegheny art exhibition showcases works that use interactive digital tools

MEADVILLE — The art galleries of Allegheny College present “Art & the Viewer” through Nov. 26. All galleries, located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John streets in Meadville, are free and open to the public.

Curated by Professor of Art George Roland and Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director Darren Lee Miller, the exhibition showcases works that use interactive digital tools prominently as part of their inception, process and display. Artists include Pippin Barr, Jeremy Boyle, Molleindustria (Paolo Pedercini), George Roland, Erik Sanner and Jessica Thompson.

All the artworks in the show deploy various technologies to prompt simultaneous interactions that create a participatory experience. In many cases, an instantaneity to the pieces affords the gallery viewer an interaction in which she or he can immediately observe the effects of his or her presence in real time. In other words, the very presence of the viewer may affect a change in the piece.

While the technology itself is important, the central themes are sharing the creative process with the viewer and creating structures where viewers are changing the form or function of the piece — and therefore are essential to its creation.

“Art & the Viewer” is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 1:30 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors are asked to call ahead to verify hours, since programs are subject to change.

More information: Call 332-4365 or visit allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

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