School of Visual Arts presents “Techtonic Shift,” an exhibition of work by MFA Computer Art alumni and faculty members. Curated by department staff members Milan DelVecchio, project coordinator, and Angelica Vergel, administrative assistant, “Techtonic Shift” is on view Saturday, October 24, through Wednesday, November 25, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.
In advance of the department’s 30th anniversary next year, the curators have selected prints, videos and interactive installations by alumni and faculty members that are representative of the department’s mission through their incorporation of a variety of analog and digital media and experimentation with technical and conceptual layers. Featured works include Mel Hsieh’s combination of 35mm film footage with digital effects and 3D modeling; Federico Muelas’ mural of compressed charcoal on paper, which symbolizes the morphological accidents created from environmental tension; and Kamil Nawratil’s studies of the patterns and adaptive properties of organic life within a digitally fabricated environment.
Participating artists include faculty member Benton C. Bainbridge, Jose Carlos Casado (MFA 2001 Computer Art), Carola Cintrón Moscoso (MFA 2004 Computer Art), faculty member Terry Dame, faculty member Andy Deck (MFA 1993 Computer Art), Mel Hsieh (MFA 2015 Computer Art), Charley Lewis (MFA 2012 Computer Art), Min Liu (MFA 2013 Computer Art), Daniel McKernan (MFA 2005 Computer Art), faculty member Federico Muelas Romero (MFA 2002 Computer Art), Kamil Nawratil (MFA 2013 Computer Art), Donald Poynter (MFA 2012 Computer Art), former faculty member Kurt Ralske and Zyia Zhang (MFA 2013 Computer Art).
MFA Computer Art at SVA emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards. For more information, visit mfaca.sva.edu.