Engaging New Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Exhibition Focuses on Digital Art

A common part of everyday life, computers – and especially cellphones – have given anyone equipped with a device the ability to generate digital images.

With an increased focus on these images as digital art, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts presents an engaging new exhibition, “From the Digital Toolbox.”

The display will run from Jan. 12 to Feb. 20 in the Stedman Gallery on the Rutgers University–Camden campus. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Clone by Tim Portlock

Clone by Tim Portlock

Organized by guest curator Andrea Kirsh, “From the Digital Toolbox” highlights the work and creative processes of four artists trained as painters – Nancy Burson, Tim Portlock, Shuli Sadé, and Siebren Versteeg – who incorporate new technologies into their cutting-edge digital artwork.

The exhibition coincides with the recent launch of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers–Camden in November, says Cyril Reade, director of the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts. “This new center acknowledges the digital turn in academic studies,” says Reade. “With this exhibition in the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers–Camden highlights the interest in the digital shared by many practicing artists.”

According to Kirsh, Burson pioneered morphing technology before the advent of photo editing software and continues to work with these tools. Portlock uses 3D gaming technology to simulate real-world and imagined spaces. Sadé works across a wide range of mediums, utilizing photography, video, and installation, to explore space, time, and memory. Versteeg mines the digital realm for content, hacking and manipulating systems of image dissemination found in cyberspace, creating algorithmic programs that respond to and distort online imagery.

“The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts is very pleased that Andrea Kirsh, a highly respected art professional, has accepted the invitation to curate an exhibition for the Stedman Gallery, as a part of a program of guest curators working in the region whose interests and vision add exponentially to the gallery’s exhibition programming,” says Reade. “Her selection of artists and artwork and her insightful essay in the exhibition publication will provide new and challenging visual and digital experiences to the public.”

The Stedman Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, on the Rutgers–Camden campus. For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu/resources/getting-to-campus.

For more information regarding the exhibition, contact Nancy Maguire at (856) 225-6245.

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