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Tue, 16 Jan 2007

U-Ram Choe at bitforms

Echo Navigo (Adult), 2004
New Active Sculptures
November 30, 2006 - January 20, 2007
bitforms gallery is pleased to announce a the New York debut of Korean artist U-Ram Choe (b.1970, Seoul). This exhibit marks the artist's first solo show in the United States.

U-Ram Choe @ bitforms gallery

U-Ram Choe's work engages a fanciful dialog of aesthetics and machinery, and explores themes of biological transformation, flight, and movement. In his recent work, large-scale metal and plastic automata materialize with such a delicacy and weightlessness that it seems to take on the shape and silhouette of an organic life form. Motors, heat and light sensitive materials add to the intricacy of Choe's kinetic sculptures.

U-Ram Choe @ bitforms gallery

Late Spring 2007 work by U-Ram Choe will be featured in a solo exhibition at The Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas. I can not wait to check this out in person.

...from bitforms gallery in NYC and Seoul

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Wed, 10 Jan 2007

500x Gallery EXPO 2007

Expo 2007
January 13th - February 4th, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday, January 13th 6-10 PM

500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest artist-run space, presents EXPO 2007, one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual juried competitions. The exhibition, juried by Dr. Frances Colpitt, is a contemporary survey of works including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video by Texas artists.

EXPO 2007 features works by:

Andy Amato . Richard Avila . Lane Banks
Bill Barter . Mary Benedicto . Eric Blake
Serena Lin Bush . Vanessa Cash . Oscar Chacon
Chelsea Crafton . Christopher Crowder . Shelby Cunningham
Lanie Delay . Jesus De La Rosa . Kristen Erwin
Lori Frasier . Lorena Garza . Lori Giesler
Nathaniel Glaspie . Allison Hunter . Kiki Ishihara
Laura Jennings . Cynthia Lewis . Erin Machniak
Richard Martinez . Jesse Meraz . Ashley Milow
Teresa Nelson . Rosane Volchon O’Coner . Julon Pinkston
Joshua Powell . Miryam Prodanovic . Don Relyea
Damon Ryder Richards . William Rosshirt
Austin Turley . Monica Vidal

About the Juror:
Dr. Frances Colpitt earned a B.F.A. in Painting and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Tulsa, as well as a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Southern California. Dr. Colpitt's books include Minimal Art: The Critical Perspective and Abstract Art in the Late Twentieth Century. She is a corresponding editor to Art in America and frequently contributes to ARTL!ES. Dr. Colpitt has organized numerous exhibitions, which have appeared in such venues as the Phoenix Art Museum, the University Art Museum (UCSB), Fisher Gallery (USC), Blue Star Art Space, Artpace, and the UTSA Art Gallery. She taught at the University of Texas San Antonio from 1990 - 2005. Currently she is a professor and the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University.

p. s. I tried to link to artists web sites when I could be reasonably certain that I had located the correct person. If you have a site and it is not linked, so sorry, I just googled everyone by searching for their name in quotes and art afterwards if there appeared to be too many results. Judging by the work I was able to see out there on the web this show should be pretty nice. I’m looking forward to it.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2007

Across the Borderline, collaborative works by Chris Ashley and Douglas Witmer

Across the Borderline

Douglas Witmer and Chris Ashley live on opposite ends of the United States: Witmer lives in Philadelphia, PA, and Ashley lives in Oakland, CA. Witmer makes paintings, drawings, and sculpture, and Ashley makes paintings, drawings, and digital images with HTML. Over the past year their friendship has developed by crossing transcontinental borders via email, weblogs, and cell phone. Their regular sharing of written messages, images, and conversation has shaped a dialogue that points them towards crossing the border into the territory of concrete collaboration. They view an opportunity to work together as a way to both exploit shared values and confront contrasting methodologies and tastes.

Across the Borderline

Witmer and Ashley share an approach to abstract image making that zigzags back and forth across the line between the expressive and geometric. Witmerís drawings made with ink, acrylic, gesso and tape have a tendency towards blacks, whites, grays, and low key colored lines and solid blocks teetering on the edge of solidity and dissolution; Ashley tends towards high-keyed colors across the spectrum used in hard-edged shapes that overlap and often result in transparency and gradation. The progress of their collaboration is blogged at

Douglas Witmer (Philadelphia, PA) and Chris Ashley (Oakland, CA) open a show of collaborative works on paper next Thursday, January 11, at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Across the Borderline--collaborative works by Chris Ashley and Douglas Witmer
January 11--February 10, 2007
Rike Center Gallery
University of Dayton, Ohio

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Sun, 07 Jan 2007

Lichty weighs in on the careers of aging new media artists

Patrick Lichty writes an interesting essay on the career path of the later stage new media artist on

As I approach the big four zero here in a year or so this topic has been in the back of my mind as well. Although part of my master plan is to move back towards more traditional media before I become to senile to to continue coding, it is entertaining to see other perspectives on what to do when you reach a point in your career where you can no longer keep up with the new generation of whiz kids.

In the corporate sector that is basically how and why people become middle and senior managers, and that in essence is what Lichty proposes. The senior new media artist transforms into organizer and team leader, managing teams to create larger works. I think his suggestion makes a lot of sense.

The role of the later career New Media artist. by Patrick Lichty on

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Tue, 02 Jan 2007

January 2007 Art showings
I have some work showing around town during the month of January! Come check it out if you are in town, my wife and I will be out and about those evenings (which is rare these days with 3 kids). So come out and say hi!

I submitted four prints from the WC68-69 series and they made it into the 500x Expo 2007 Juried show at 500x Gallery. Opening reception Saturday, January 13 2007, 6-10pm.

Generative Flowers II is making its big screen debut alongside many other great video works at Victory Plaza in Downtown Dallas right in front of American Airlines Arena.

The Victory Media Network Grand Opening Event will be held on January 19, 2007. 7pm - 10pm. It is a ticketed event for charity and will set you back 100 bucks, yeah I coughed when I read that too. Tip: you can see and hear the videos from the street easily.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2007

New Baby is Thriving


Looking back at my blog entries I realized I have not posted a baby pic in a while, this one is from a month ago but it is a good one! He is enormous now at nearly 20 lbs for only 4 months old, so much for being premature.

I printed this one out for my office...when needless drama or world politics are getting me down I just look up at this adorable face hanging over my computer and my troubles melt away.

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