Two-Person Art Exhibit Opening at Houghton House – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Two-Person Art Exhibit Opening at Houghton House

The body without organs and the technology of orchids are the topics of a two-person art exhibition opening Feb. 16 at Houghton House on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

February 11, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.- The Hobart and William Smith Art Department is sponsoring a two-person exhibition featuring works by computer artist Gregory Little, “Taxonomies-the body without organs,” and painter Sarah Schuster, “The Technology Of Nature: Orchids.” The opening of this exhibition by this husband and wife team will be held from 6:30 until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Houghton House Gallery. The exhibition will close on Friday, March 2. The gallery, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, is located in Houghton House on King’s Lane in Geneva. The exhibit and opening are free and the public is invited to attend.

Little will exhibit direct digital prints from his current project, “The Dance of the Body without Organs.” During the gallery opening he will also have on display the immersive virtual environment from the Body without Organs project. This environment, “Revision 17-Body without Organs” is a real-time, interactive virtual reality where interactors don a head-mounted display and navigate through a virtual world combining 3-D models taken from human anatomy with an array of sounds, animations, texts, and images collected from submissions made to the artist via the Internet. The large-format color prints are aesthetic “taxonomies” or reorganizations of the ideas, images, and moods that inhabit the virtual world.

Little is an electronic media artist working with philosophical and theoretical issues related to the technologies of immersive virtual reality, NetArt, and avatars; specifically with respect to issues of identity, embodiment, and human sentience. He has presented and exhibited his work in numerous international venues, including Ars Electronica, Invencao, Consciousness Reframed, Webs of Discourse, and CADE, as well as museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. His essay, “A Manifesto for Avatars,” was published in Intertexts in 1998. At present he is a visiting researcher at the Virtual Reality Centre at the University of Teesside in England, and visiting assistant professor of digital media art at Bowling Green State University.

At the same exhibition, Schuster will display a series of 21 5 inch x 7 inch birch panels, traditionally gessoed, and painted with orchids in terre verte and flake white. This installation is layered with other images, creating a tension between the human impulse to cultivate and organize nature and the human inability to control our instincts and desires. Each of the small, meticulously painted panels depict of different natural objects or phenomenon using images of flowers taken from postcards and botanical illustrations. The images range from naturalistic descriptions to highly stylized and decorative interpretations of the organic world, and expose the irony of “naturalizing” nature through painting. Her aim is for the viewer to experience some of what she experiences in the making of the images.

Schuster's work deals with issues of the environment, the body, and feminism, as expressed through paint. She has previously exhibited her work at the Ceres Gallery and Louis Abrons Arts Center, both in New York City, the Here Here Gallery and Spaces, both in Cleveland, Ohio, the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, the Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., and at Yale University, as well as at many other colleges and universities throughout the United States. She is currently a professor of art at Oberlin College.

For more information on the artists or the exhibit, please contact Stan Mathews, instructor in art at the Colleges, at (315) 781-3476, or e-mail mathews@hws.edu.

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