THAT FLOATY FEELING
Exhibition Dates: July 7 - August 4, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7 from 6 - 8 PM
The summer show at Fringe features three new interactive projects by James Rouvelle.
Inspired by a friends' casual comment regarding a thimble cactus at the botanical garden, "underwater, that plant would be a fish", Rouvelle's recent writings and projects address what he experiences as a paradox of human life on land: like our undersea relatives we are immersed and interconnected within a medium, yet the comparatively thinner medium of air, coupled with our own unique physiology, fosters the illusion that we live in a world of discrete, randomly intersecting particles. In his first solo show in Los Angeles, the artist presents three new works intended to model a thickened, collective medium. These interactive works employ a variety of devices including a phototransistor, lasers, electromagnetic field detectors, LED lights, Mylar inflatables, and a visitor controllable time machine.
James Rouvelle is an artist, experimenter, and professor of interactive media at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore. He has an eclectic background having received his bachelor of arts in music from Skidmore College and master of fine arts from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. His work has been exhibited at Art Interactive, the Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, and ISEA 2006.