Prof’s Exhibit Combines Art, Science and Technology

Using the ancient myth of Orpheus, video projection and three-dimensional sound, a UT Dallas professor is examining the relationship of sound to perception of movement in Acoustic Shadows, an Exploration of the Sense of Space.

The Acoustic Shadows exhibit was a collaboration between Dr. Frank Dufour and his wife, Kristin Lee Dufour.

Acoustic Shadows is an audio-visual immersive and interactive installation that depicts Orpheus surrounded by shadows of the underworld consumed by the shadow of his wife, Eurydice.

In the myth, the gifted and musical Orpheus travels to the underworld after his wife dies to beg Hades to allow his wife to return to earth. After violating a condition made by Hades, Orpheus loses his wife forever.

Dr. Frank Dufour worked on the project with his wife, Kristin Lee Dufour, a creative art director and international consultant for visual communications.

“The viewer is enveloped in a multisensory, reactive system that actually ‘listens’ for changes in the environment generated by your presence and movement,” said Dufour, assistant professor of sound design in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program.

The audio-visual installation depicts Orpheus of ancient legend surrounded by shadows of the underworld and consumed by the shadow of his wife, Eurydice.

“This results in noticeable changes to the sound and projected images. Your body reflects and absorbs sound waves to create the auditory manifestation or form of silent movement, which, in this context, is termed ‘Acoustic Shadows.’”

The exhibit is currently on display in The Center for the Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art until April 2012. Acoustic Shadows made its debut at The Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France, earlier this year.

More about Dr. Dufour’s research is available in SoundEffects, a journal on sound and sound experience.

Double Exposure: Artist’s Work Shown in 2 Exhibits

ATEC Graduate Student Weaves Rich Creations of Color With Thread

Gabriel Dawe, a student in the Arts and Technology (ATEC) MFA program at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been busy. He is involved in two concurrent exhibitions in Dallas: a one-man show at Guerilla Arts, Plexus No. 3, and an installation, Plexus No. 4, at the Dallas Contemporary. Both are site-specific installations made from thread.

Plexus No. 3 by Gabriel Dawe is on display at the Guerilla Arts gallery.

Dawe explains, “These installations are about the human need to shelter from the elements. Architecture and fashion partly come from those needs. I am taking the main material clothes are made out of – thread – and making an architectural structure with it. By reversing material and scale, I ended up with something ethereal that speaks to the need for social structures that we require to survive as a species.”

His work can also be seen in the “Indig-nation” exhibition at UT Dallas in late October, as well as a group show in November at the Kellogg Gallery at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

He is an artist in residence at CentralTrak, and will have his MFA show there in April.

Plexus No. 4 (shown here in detail) is on display at the Dallas Contemporary museum.

UT Dallas Grad’s Photos Win Awards for Quirkiness

Photographer Carlo Zinzi only recently graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with an MFA in Arts and Technology (ATEC), but he is already making his mark on the art world with his surreal take on Americana.

Carlos Zinzi's current series of photos revolves around floating and levitating fast food.

Zinzi, who imbues his work with a sense of humor and whimsy, was awarded the Juror’s Selection Award in Consumption, an exhibition that ran this month at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. The winning image, Resort, depicts a hot dog, a recurring theme in Zinzi’s work, soaring through a garden.

“The current series I am working on, Thru, involves floating and levitating fast food,” Zinzi said. “It is an attempt to give hot dogs and hamburgers a second chance.”

“Seeking to subvert the status of the iconic hot dog, I wanted to re-translate the metaphors imbued in what we eat, like tiny edible narratives. We need more stories about food that don’t involve hospitals and doctors. I discovered that my attempt to create a violently whimsical commentary of American imagery was actually more of a process for me to deconstruct a cultural legacy,” Zinzi said.

Zinzi’s work was also accepted in the Houston Center for Photography’s 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, which is on view through Aug. 22.

Creations Go from Graduate Class to Art Gallery

Fourteen Arts and Humanities graduate students’ works were selected for the upcoming Frames of Reference exhibition at the 14th Street Gallery in Plano. The exhibit includes digital and photographic installation art, as well as participatory artworks by the artists.

Top from left: “From Above,” Carlo Zinzi; “Salt of the Earth,” Kerry Hennigin; “The White Suit Project,” Stern Hatcher. Bottom from left: “Natural Selection,” Leah Foster; “The Voveo Bulla, a vanitas installation,” LeeDon Moore; “Having a Great Time,” Cynthia Miller.

In creating their pieces, the artists explored frameworks and contexts involving time, space, narrative and experience.

“The class has been a great experience, providing an in-depth focus on photography and installation art, which involved reinventing and transforming spaces,” said LeeDon Moore, senior graphic designer in the University’s Office of Communications, and an Arts and Technology graduate student.

The graduate student artists all submitted exhibition proposals to the gallery for review. Fourteen of the proposals were accepted, and students were awarded specific spaces in the gallery for their installations.

Frames of Reference was prompted in part by students’ expressed interest in exploring installation art in a gallery environment,” said Waligore.

Graduate students from School of Arts and Humanities professor Marilyn Waligore’s Photo/Digital/Installation course will participate in the exhibit: Jimmy Bullion, Sheila Cunningham, Leah Foster, Stern Hatcher, Kerry Hennigin, William Howell, Ilan Ronit, Melanie Levin, George McGuigan, Cynthia Miller, LeeDon Moore, Florence Wairagu, David Witherspoon and Carlo Zinzi.

Five additional students from the class will be presenting photographs and videos on campus in conjunction with the Spring Arts Festival, which runs in various buildings on campus through Sat., May 9.

“The goal of the class was to have all the students create work for exhibition,” said Waligore. “It’s been a rewarding way to end the semester, as well as the academic year.”

Frames of Reference runs May 9-29. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 14th Street Gallery, 1412 14th St., Plano (east of Avenue K).

New UTD Exhibition, Second Look, Explores References To Time In Photography, Digital Media

UT Dallas will host Second Look, an exhibition curated by acclaimed artist and UTD Associate Professor Marilyn Waligore, in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building from March 19 to April 15. This new exhibition explores references to time — such as duration, series, sequence and narrative — in photography and digital media.

Texas artists participating in the exhibition include Kathy Lovas and Martin Menocal of Dallas, Terri Cummings of Fort Worth and Huntsville area artists James Paster, Michael Henderson and Tony Shipp.

At 7:30 p.m. on March 31, artist Eve Sonneman will present a lecture, “Reflections On The Diptych,” in the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604) in conjunction with the exhibition. She will talk about her own work as well as discuss the importance of serial photography within a larger historical context. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A reception will be held in connection with the opening of the exhibition in UTD’s Visual Arts Building ‘s Main Gallery on Friday, March 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“Media processes influence our perception of time as in the instantaneous snapshot, or conversely, the long exposure,” explained curator Waligore. “In new media, setting the frame rate may stretch or compress the experience of continuous time. The film loop presents an image cycle that repeats endlessly, with a duration that is boundless. Camera-based imagery calls us to take a second look at a moment.”