“Artifacts of a different time” is one of the phrases that artist Jordan Fowler uses to describe his exhibition of sculptures, titled Tangible: Where Art and Technology Converge. Opening in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery on February 1, 2021, Tangible is an immersive experience that begs the question, how is technology shaping our own perceptions of reality?
Fowler combines traditional welding techniques with contemporary computer science to create interactive sculptures out of cement, found objects, packaging styrofoam, and metal.
These sculptures are created to look as though they were found in the ruins of a dystopian society, straight from the pages of a science fiction novel. Fowler explains, “I choose to use ruins as a medium to spur contemplation; to think about the present and future from a different perspective. It’s a way of abstracting materials and forms to find truths otherwise buried. ... In a way, contemporary science fiction does this. It tells stories that are removed from our context, allowing us to better understand predicaments we face in the present.”
Interactive moving images such as running water or shifting shadows are then projected onto the sculptures. These lifelike, projected images are coded by Fowler himself using a sequence of original computer algorithms. This combination of art and technology creates an immersive show that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for the viewer.
This exhibition is organized by the William King Museum of Art and sponsored by Rea Charitable Trust. COVID-19 safety measures have been put in place to protect the community while they experience this interactive exhibition.
Tangible: Where Art and Technology Converge is on view Feb. 1, 2021-May 9, 2021.