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Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery Opens New Exhibit


  • 25, 2006 -- The José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery at Mount Saint Mary’s University announces its first exhibition of 2006, “Nature and/or Technology.” The show reflects on the way artists have articulated and incorporated the dialogue between nature and technology into their work.


Exhibition" Title: Nature and/or Technology
Location:" Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount Saint Mary’s University, 12001 Chalon Road.
Show Dates: Jan. 31 to Feb. 25.
Opening Reception: 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12.
More information: 310-954-4361.
Exhibit Curator: Irina D. Costache

Artists in the show include Jody Baral, chair of the Art Department at Mount St. Mary’s, Candice Gawne, John Nava, Jack Reilly, and a collaborative installation by Cris and Irina D. Costache.

A novel aspect of this exhibition is the inclusion of a video of the installed show on the CD of the catalog. The catalog is an integral component of the conceptual aspect of the exhibition. Comprised of two parts, a letter-press printed book with hand binding and a CD, the catalog aims to further acknowledge the complex dynamic between nature and technology.

The relationship between nature and technology has a long, complicated, and unresolved trajectory. Art has strong links to both, going as far back as ancient cultures. This exhibition, as its uncommitted title suggests, rejects a simplistic perspective of hierarchic purity and narrow binary opposition as the principle vehicle for defining this dialogue. The multiple manifestations of these links expressed in eclectic manner by the artists in this show expose dilemmas, questions, and resolutions and create a comfortable, yet unexpected, visual and conceptual narrative.

Similarly, the apparent dichotomy of the catalog, reconciled by its functionality, is a metaphor of the continuous quest for finding the ideal balance between nature and technology.

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