April 15, 2010 by: Dom
April 15 – May 15th, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 15th, 5-7pm
Second Floor Gallery, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
Art & Experience by the UB Visual Studies First Year Graduate Students:
Shasti O’Leary Soudant
The zoetrope is fundamentally related to optical illusion and the persistence of motion. The machine’s simple gesture of action couples with the mind’s natural ability to fill in the gaps between scenes, creating a fluid vision. The constructor of the device must be sensitive in understanding that without balance between pace, location, and image, this fluid momentum will disrupt, causing it to blur or stutter, rendering nothing but confusion.
Collaboration, much like a zoetrope, requires a centered equilibrium and pace. It is with this in mind that 12 artists with very different, yet complementary, ideas of artmaking explore the concepts of persistence and illusion. A curious dialogue emerges celebrating the peculiar experience of creating inside of a tightly-knit system. The proposed installation and accompanying exhibition, Zoetrope, investigates the literal process of picture and object making, as well as delving into the mind’s sense of space between movement.